God’s economy

I was filled with joy today, as I sat after work and meditated on God’s economy.

So often, despair takes over when thinking that we are too unsignificant for someone to be concerned about us or interested in us. This feeling is often intensified when we see those people we desperately want attention from, having so many things, and seeming to have a life so complete that in despair, we say, “Why would they ever need me ? I would just annoy them anyway

Today, while I was pondering about this, those verses came to my mind:

“Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.“Luke 15:3-7

And

“You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.” 2 Cor 8:9.

I mean, think about it. How amazing is that ? God is the least person who would, in a sense, need us. We offended Him, we sinned against Him- How is it that after all the wrong we’ve done, He goes out to find ONE sheep that went astray while He already has many sheep ? How is it that in God’s economy, He rejoices- I’ll say it again, rejoice (!!!) over one.lost.sheep.

How is it that He who needed nothing and possessed everything, came down and became poor for our sakes- what kind of King or Queen would leave his or her kingdom and die for the sake of his peasants ?

How great is our God. Words fail to describe Him- as a historian said, “It would take a Jesus to invent a Jesus”. His life was unparalleled. His love is without equal. There is no one like Jesus-Christ.

What my plate taught me today

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This year, as I mentioned in a post once, I had to slightly alter my diet and, without making it an obsession either, I began to make healthier choices, reducing my consumption of certains foods, even, for some of them, make them almost disappear from my menu and only have them on special occasions. I now feel better than ever and while in the past, the idea alone of parting with some of my favorite snacks and dishes would have been inconceivable, today, I’d say it is the opposite: what seemed to me to be a sacrifice and a restrictive diet solved some problems I had- and if everything goes well I will not go back.

And today, as I was eating lunch, I was thinking about something. I am careful to pick the right ingredients and I follow a scrupulous meal plan type. Some of my family members who have type I diabetes have to be even more extra-careful about what they eat, and when they eat it, because what they eat will have a tremendous impact on their health, and -as one of my professors told me, what a diabetic patient eats not only influence his sugar levels today, but how he eats will, for a great part, determine the severity and the degree of medical complications he will be likely to suffer from later in life.

So here we are, being attentive what we put in our plates: the extra spoon of sugar. That gluten-free bread. That pinch of salt.

But how do we care for our souls ?

On what kind of spiritual bread do we feed ? What do we put in our “spiritual” plate ? When it comes to nutrition and science, opinions vary and nutrition is not always, depending on our body type and environment and dozens of other factos, an exact science- but when it comes to our spiritual life, do we feed on what we know for sure are toxic foods ? Lethal foods ? Do we feed on the Word of God or on what the world has to offer us ? Are we careful to not set our eyes on things that are harmful for our souls ? Things that, when watched on TV, read, seen, will stir our affections for bad things ? Or will we set our eyes and minds on “things are true, that are honest, things that are just, things that are pure, things that are lovely, things that are of good report” (Philippians 4:8) ?