I just want ice cream. Usually I want it the most after dinner. Anything chocolate would work for me. You’re not going to see a picture of a bowl of ice cream on this post. If there were ice cream in the house, it would be gone before a picture could be taken. Most people call this kind of thing a craving. I’m not sure that the word “craving” is a strong enough term for this
feeling I get in the evening. Oh man, it’s rough! Now, I should say to all of you out there who don’t see me on a regular basis, there’s a reason for this
craving – there’s a baby growing inside of me. It would be easy to make that as my excuse of why I NEEEED ice cream every single night. I know that I need to take care of myself and this little one.
So I know what I am going to write about next is a little different from craving ice cream; however, I hope you’ll get my point. There’s a lot of things in this world that we want to do or even that we feel like we NEEEED to do. Some of those things can be good for us. Some of those things are not good for us. God wants the best for our lives as well as to have a relationship with Him. So, for example, if I am spending way more time thinking about or indulging in the ice cream craving than I am thinking about or spending time with God, it’s not a good thing.
How do we keep away those “cravings” that get in the way of our relationship with God? The easy answers are pray, read our Bibles, go to worship services. Those are good; however, we also need the right attitude. It’s okay for us to ask a trusted friend to walk alongside of us as we try to resist those "cravings” that keep us away from God. It’s okay to ask a friend to pray for us. It’s okay to get together with our friends to pray and to read our Bibles so we keep motivated. Let us be as a church community a support system and cheer each other on to crave a relationship with God more than anything else.
This is written by Kathleen Blackey, follower of Jesus and co-pastor at First Baptist Church.