Cereal is NOT Serious (and other Spiritual Observations)

American kids love cereal… it’s not surprising. It’s sugary, crunchy, milkly and even comes in chocolate, for crying out loud!!  My kids are like any other American child… well, they WERE, until the first of October 2012.

It all changed during those first few days. On the first day of that month my three youngest (7th gr, 2nd gr & 1st gr) stepped foot into a school…a “real” school building for the VERY first time in their lives! Up until that monumental day we’d home schooled them; but when the school we’d applied for back in January 2012 called to notify us that all three children were no longer on the waiting list- there was room for them- our lives changed! (The story actually reflects God’s miraculous hand at work, but that’s another story for another day!)

So, back to cereal…. after a couple of days of eating cereal for breakfast they revolted!
“Mom, this stuff is too sweet and makes my stomach hurt.”
“Momma, can we please NOT eat this. I’m always hungry at school.”

Crazy!  But fantastic!
Except now I have to work harder at making breakfast time cooking hot cereal (which they love), eggs, fried turkey ham & cheese (I’m not kidding) and other warm & satisfying  meals.  But I’m thrilled!  It’s work, but I take their tummies very seriously, so it’s worth the effort.

Isn’t prayer and Bible reading similar?  Like cereal? You’re following me… right?
When life goes smoothly we tend to read a smidgen here & there, catch a podcast, read a daily devotion booklet, but never really take our relationship too seriously.  UNTIL… life changes course.

Then, when our situation & loved ones are “out of our control” we decide we’d better get serious and start praying faithfully, harder & with more seriousness.

Cereal was fine for my kids when they were staying at home all day and didn’t face as many challenges. But when things changed they wisely knew they needed more nourishment.  Are you wise? Are you facing your day with a nourished spirit that not only belongs to Jesus, but has listened to Him, filled up on His Word and taken careful note of HIS plans for your day? Yeah, it definitely takes some work.

Taking care of physical needs are of some value, but taking care of our spiritual needs of WAY more valuable!  (from 1 Timothy 4:8)


5 thoughts on “Cereal is NOT Serious (and other Spiritual Observations)

  1. I kiss my “Special K with Red Berries” goodbye, huh?!

    It’s ok, I prefer my egg creations and coffee! This is a great lesson for all of us.

    IF you’re satisfied with sweet, little, nibbles of God’s Word, you’re probably NOT engaging the enemy and living the life God intended.

    Pour me a BIG BOWL of Bible!!

  2. This was a great analogy! Thank you for helping us see the importance of a “good meal” – especially spiritually (but physically as well). 🙂

  3. AMEN! I agree on both counts. If I miss my bible time in the AM ( this goes for breafast also ) I feel so slugish and rundown. Sorry for the cliche but not suiting up is not an option. Thanks Netta. Did you ever consider putting all these things together in a book?

  4. I was eating cereal while I read this and after the first two paragraphs I thought “I knew I should have made eggs!!” Haha.

    But it’s like you said how you have to work harder to make them a good breakfast. This morning I wanted it to be fast! I do that with God too:( I notice a difference when I give him time and wake up earlier- it’s harder, but there is always a difference in my day!

    Thanks Netta, I always admire the way you choose what is right even if it’s harder or takes more work!

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