I’m thinking a lot about food these days.
I’m trying to understand the healthiest way to eat as I train to run further. The more miles I run each week, the more I need to think about what to eat after running, what to eat before running, what to eat on off days. I need to consider how much sugar, how the mixture of carbs and protein and fats might be different now than when I started my weight loss journey a few years back.
And I think about clothing. I’m wearing out shoes differently. I need to consider layers for different temperatures. When I go running at 20 degrees, I need different fabrics than running at 50 degrees.
When we work toward a goal, when we have a specific purpose, when we are changing our identify, we think differently about basics. We examine everything. And we may talk about the new things so much that people around us get tired of hearing us.
It’s possible to get consumed talking about the food and the clothing. And to spend all our time and money on the best food, the newest clothing, the best storage systems.
Somewhere, I think we cross a line from preparation to accumulation. Acquisition becomes more important than the living.
So Jesus refocuses us: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
And he says, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.”
And he says, “But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.”
Remind me when you get tired of hearing about running.