Jack LOVES French Fries
If you ever want to treat Jack, French Fries with a side of Tomato Sauce (Ketchup) is the winning ticket. It really does not matter what the circumstance, French Fries will always win the day.
Jack loves french fries so much that it is usually the first thing he asks for when he wakes up in the morning, whenever he sits at the table or there is a lull in conversation. Jack does not know what Burger King is or what Red Robin or McDonalds is…he only knows these restaurants as “Fries”.
It is quite humorous, but I am sure that he dreams about French Fries. Jack will do pretty much anything for fries, which makes them a great motivator.
As I was driving with him in the car the other day, we drove past a fast food restaurant and right on cue I hear, “Daddy, Fries!” After reassuring him that now was not the time to add to the slow processing proteins in his hypotonic body, I wondered if there is anything in my life that I am so passionate about.
Then I wondered if I longed for God as much as Jack longs for French Fries.
I was reminded of the verses in the Bible in Deuteronomy 6:4-9
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” (English Standard Version)
How much are we to ‘long for’ God?
Well…with pretty much all the conscious effort we can gather.
We can do this in a number of ways. We can think about ‘what would Jesus do?’ I know this was a pretty cool catch phrase back in the 90’s but there is an element of truth in it which helps us to think in the way that Jesus would.
Loving God above all else also means a decrease in the urge for impromptu decision making. It takes away the impulsive nature for pleasures that don’t last long and are usually expensive. Yes, this includes impromptu diversions through the drive-thru, unplanned stops that take time from what matters most. Who knows, it might even mean less social media and more family conversation time or simply just sitting quietly and appreciating God’s creation.
We are such busy people. Sometimes the busy-ness is a season of life; it may seem never ending because of events beyond our control, but sometimes we are busy simply because we think we are too important and are needed for the world to go around. I don’t mean this to be harsh to your ego, but as an encouragement that we wouldn’t take ourselves too seriously. The point in all this is that God is most important, not us or our to-do list.
Whenever we decide to race through the drive-thru to pick up fries after speech therapy on our way to the next child’s event, I will be challenged if my hunger for God is anywhere close to Jack’s love for French Fries. Would you do the same?
Be encouraged. Spend some time thinking about how to practically Love God in each area of life.