Sometimes...the Wii is off for extended periods of time. Sometimes...the phones and computers are off limits.  Sometimes...we don't watch movies.  And sometimes...ALL of these boundaries come into play at once. The result? PEACE. LAUGHTER...and a NEW APPETITE.

You see, as we feed ourselves, we develop an appetite for what we are eating. We even begin to crave it after a while. It is for this reason, we sometimes...take a break; fasting that which we have been feasting on in order to change our cravings.

At first, no one wants to eat differently.It's like choosing asparagus over cotton candy. But...after a while, the longing to hold on to mediocre is gone. Other interests have reappeared. Relationships are even deepened. Hearts have been turned and our appetites are changed.

It's not that I don't like the conveniences and luxury of TV, Wii, cell phones, computers...and so on. No!  It's that I want my family to have an appetite for the BEST not just the good. Who wouldn't rather have steak and lobster than a burger??? The burger is good, but the steak is better!

I was reading in Matthew 6 this morning and as I read vs. 22-24, I thought about training our appetites.

"The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single {clear}, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."

The key to our appetite {our heart, our desire}...begins with the eyes.

What is the old adage? "Out of sight, out of mind." Just think for a moment...you decide to only drink water so you get rid of other beverages...just for a while. At first, you don't LOVE the water. You miss the soda or tea. Continue, and you find you can't get enough water. The more you drink, the more you want. You are actually craving the water! Other beverages are now occasional, but not what you now "have to" have. And when old cravings come around, we then have to weigh the efforts involved in acquiring that craving. Many times we just choose what we see in front of us.

When we put new options before our eyes and either make them beautiful or merely the only option available, we can easily turn our appetites from good to best. And then...when our appetite for the Best is well whet, we sprinkle back in the good stuff. It's about balance. It's about feasting our eyes on the Best so our soul begins to long for more.

Try it! This time of year, with all the festivities of the holidays is a perfect time! Turn off the TV, gaming console or computer and replace them with enticing options. Make some cookies, play some games, sing some Christmas song and just have fun. Let me know if you do...I'd love to hear what you and your family is hungry for now!

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