Have you ever considered the word portion? For some reason, I found myself chewing on this particular word lately and its impact on our choices and our outcomes. Consider – what portion of the day do you spend looking into a screen? What do the portions of your closet reflect – dressy, casual, or the pandemic pajama style? What portion of your conversations are surface level vs deep and contemplative? All kinds of portions are floating around in our lives.
Since it’s my passion to encourage you in living spiritually and physically fit, here are three ways to consider “portions” relating to these areas specifically:
The portions of food we eat make a tremendous impact on our overall health. Our portions may be too big, too small, or nonexistent. What if our portion sizes are too big? We may be eating the right things but too much of them. For example, natural peanut butter is a good thing but not if we eat half the jar! Avocado and nuts are a good thing but not if we go overboard. Same goes for my favorite dark chocolate! Or we may be eating too much of the wrong thing – like the entire bag of fiery hot cheetos my daughter ate last week.
On the flip side, enjoying a spinach salad is a very healthy choice but one salad a week can’t provide all the nutrients we need. This was really a game changer for me when I realized how many veggies I really needed every day vs what I was actually eating. One or two servings of green beans for the week just doesn’t cut it!
How much and how often are critical to questions to ask when determining how our food choices impact us overall.
Action Step: Consider just what you ate yesterday – did you eat too much of a good thing, too much of some not-so-good things, or do you see now how your portions of nutrient dense foods maybe were lacking? Coming face to face with your chosen food portions is a critical step toward making better, healthier choices today!
How about portions of scripture? Are you ingesting bite size nuggets here and there or are you feasting on God’s Word? No matter what portion you read and consider, God’s Word is always living and powerful. However, understanding that we cannot depend on the “Instagram Bible” to feed us is true.
Jen Wilkin profoundly stated several years ago, “Beware the Instagram Bible, my daughters – those filtered frames festooned with feathered verses, adorned in all manner of loops and tails, bedecked with blossoms, saturated with sunsets, culled and curated just for you. Beware lest it become for you your source of daily bread. It is telling a partial truth.”
At home, we toss noodles against the fridge to test if they are done – if so, they’ll stick. But, tossing God’s Word against our circumstances or our feelings to see what sticks is not how the Lord desires us to use his precious word. He intentionally has for us a plentiful meal of scripture, all of which is profitable for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training (2 Tim 3:16).
A steady, intentional portion of scripture ingested daily produces an awe, an understanding, and an unprecedented relationship with the God of all creation.
Action Step: When you are tempted to snatch just a snippet of scripture, take that snippet and then allow yourself to take in all that surrounds it for a complete meal. Challenge yourself to read a full chapter each day this week. Did you know there are 24 books of the Bible with only 5 chapters or less!? A chapter a day and you could easily read Ruth, Colossians, or James, for example, in a week!
Certainly the most critical understanding of the word portion, which also means inheritance, is the Lord God himself as our portion (Psalm 16:5). The overwhelming truth of all portion control conversations is this – the Lord alone is our ultimate portion, He is all we need. Feeling we need to add to who he is and what he offers will always leave us disappointment. Looking to another person or something else we can acquire or achieve will never fully satisfy.
There is no necessary addition or subtraction to God. He is our all in all.
In knowing him, loving him, and trusting him, he is faithful to be “the voice behind us saying, this is the way, walk in it (Isaiah 30:21)”
In knowing, loving and trusting him, we give him access to all the corners of our lives – minds, bodies, and souls.
In knowing, loving and trusting him, our desires become aligned with his desires.
Action Step: If you have not personally placed your faith in the Lord Jesus, I encourage you to begin reading in the book of John today, ask Jesus to reveal himself to you, and in prayer acknowledge your need and acceptance of Christ to be your Savior. If you have faith in Jesus, ask him to show you the areas of your life – your body, your time, your relationships, your past, for example, – where you have not fully trusted him to be your ultimate portion.
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 119:57