Words from the Heart for Saturday October 7th, 2017
The appetite of the lazy craves, and gets nothing, while the appetite of the diligent is richly supplied.
Proverbs 13:4 (NRSV)
We all know about our natural appetite and even times we’ve craved certain foods and treats. What is the appetite of my heart? Laziness is of no benefit. Diligence and excellence will not only be honouring to the Lord but will also satisfy the “cravings” of a heart committed to His ways. The heart committed to the Lord is not restless but is filled with fulfillment and peace.
Canadians’ appetite for duck has increased significantly lately, and despite a surge in cheap imports, Canadian duck producers have doubled output in the past couple of years. Although pricier than chicken, the red meat protein is increasingly being selected as an alternative to beef, which has experienced steep price increases. Despite the forecast boost in duck production, Canada will remain a fringe global player in a market dominated by China. Much of the growth is spurred on by cooking shows and an openness to new foods.
All of us have appetites. We crave food, we crave sleep, we crave love. In order to have our appetites filled, we must do something. If we are hungry, we have to get cooking, or at least drive down the street to a restaurant. If we are overtired, we need to take time off and get some sleep. If we crave love, we have to build relationships and that takes work. All of this is a Biblical principle. Proverbs 13:4 tells us “The appetite of the lazy craves, and gets nothing, while the appetite of the diligent is richly supplied.” God has built appetites into every human being, and He has done so in order that we might be active and productive. It is our appetites that get us going each day and it is in accomplishing things that we get great satisfaction. Both the lazy and the active have appetites, but only those who are diligent find that the cravings they have are met in abundance. What are you craving right now? Get going on doing whatever is necessary to have that craving met and you find yourself richly supplied.
These have been words from the heart.