Eat Your Carrots!

Last night we had roasted chicken, egg noodles, and steamed peas and carrots for supper. It was delicious and everyone was quietly enjoying their dinner.  Until…

Emmy announced she did not want her carrots. Justin explained that she had to eat at least two of them.  “But I don’t want to!” She whined.

I responded by pulling out a classic parenting line for this scenario: “They will help you grow big and strong and make you healthy“.

Of course Emmy, being Emmy, responded with the perfect  punch line. “I don’t want to be big and strong and I don’t want to be healthy. I want to be just like I am.”

Justin shook his head and turned to me. “Isn’t that just how we are?!”

We never out grow not wanting to eat our carrots.

While we adults may the carrots that are on our plates, we don’t like to eat the carrots of our spiritual life. We aren’t quick to accept the fact that the hard things in life actually serve to help us grow spiritually – just like “yucky” carrots strengthen our bodies. In James 1:2-4 you will see how God uses trials in our life to help us grow-up in Him so that someday we’ll be more mature than we are now.

The problem is that too often we, just like Emmy, sit in the here and now of life and say, “I don’t want to grow up! I want to be just like I am!”  However, I don’t really want to be the same as I am now! My desire is to grow and mature in my walk with Christ.  I hope you desire the same. Even if you don’t like the “carrots”, we can grow in appreciating that they do make us “big and strong”!

2 Responses to Eat Your Carrots!

  1. Farm Fresh Jessica March 24, 2009 at #

    great analogy~

  2. Ruth A Stiles March 23, 2009 at #

    I never thought of it this way until I read what you wrote….we as parents have a job and responsibility to be consistent with our kids…consistent in our love, in our disipline, in our devotion…in making them eat their carrots. How often I too have been like eat 2 or 3 more…and been dumbfounded when my son responds with a quirky 4 year old answer…but isn’t that like our walk with Christ? Christ asks us to do 2 or 3 things and we respond like a 4 year old who can’t see the whole picture? Gabe and Emmy don’t see the long term benefits of carrots…you and I sometimes don’t see the long term benefits of trusting God’s will…
    anyways…it just popped into my head and I thought I would share…

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