Eat Your Veggies!

Eat Your Veggies!  Eat what is on your plate!

Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred. –Proverbs 15:17

All of us probably have many memories which involve food.  My grandmother made me chocolate shakes as a kid.  They were the best.

Everyone seems to tout veggies lately. My sister-in-law recently became a vegan.

I really like veggies. However…I also like bread and meat and cheese and…ice cream!! I really, really like ice cream (and a lot of other things) J

I recall one night at Girl Scout Camp when I was forced to take “3 big Girl Scout bites” of a tuna casserole. My Mom never made hot tuna. I hated it. I threw up. The counselor didn’t make me eat something I didn’t want to again the rest of the week.

A meal of vegetables is not always the best sounding choice. But veggies and love beats ice cream and horrible, hate-filled relationships any day.

It is in vegetables that we find essential nutrients for a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle. So while they are not always what we are longing for, in the long term, vegetables are just what our body needs. The same is true with love. It is better to live a life built on the foundation of love, than to get carried away in the rocky roads of hatred and in forcing others to do what we think they should do. (The right thing…according to us!)

I can think of many meals…maybe with lousy food, which have great memories because I had them with people I loved.

Have you?


Author: Thora Anderson

Pastor, wife, daughter, sister, friend, Recovering worrier, Thinker, Mother of two teenagers. I've been in ministry for over 30 years and count that as huge success.

3 thoughts on “Eat Your Veggies!”

  1. I love this Thora. It’s so true. I’ve had meals that people have prepared while in a bad mood and I think you can taste it.

  2. Thanks for this. Loved the personal examples like “Girl Scout Camp”. I do like veggies a lot, since I got older. But all of this compared to the idea of love gives me a lot to chew on. P.S. I had the sweetest aunt who was a horrible cook (bland food that looked awful).But time spent with her was always good.

  3. As long as those veggies aren’t eggplant, or okra, or beets, I’ll eat them, gladly. This makes me think of simple meals shared amongst friends who love you and make you feel welcome. I don’t know if I’ve sat at a fancy dinner where I felt unwelcome, or there was hostility…but I do agree I’ve been in family situations where the vibe is so uncomfortable, it doesn’t matter what’s on the plate. Thanks for the “food” for thought.

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