Taste The Gravy
It is 5:30 in the morning and the guard just passed by my cell, shining his flashlight into my darkened rooms, doing his rounds. It is much like a security guard in a warehouse or museum guarding the treasure that is boxed inside the confines of the building. It’s kind of a mundane existence, for the guard or the merchandise, if you choose to let it be mundane.
My mind falls on something that a friend told me yesterday. We had just talked about some inter-personal things (like "I am sorry I..." and "... I think I tend to be ..." stuff) that deepens relationships. He added something like a cherry on a banana split. He said, '... it is kind of funny but I have found that after I get my tray of food and I am walking around trying to find a seat ( in the dining ha1l ) I’ve developed the habit of tasting something off of my tray." Well, last night at dinner I happened to see my friend pick up his tray and, sure enough, he dipped his finger in the turkey gravy. Twice!!
Habits. Some are harmless, like tasting your food on the way to the table. Some are devastating to your family and health. Just examine a heroin or meth addict's life. Others are just as devastating but we do not see the immediate results - lying, gossip, anger, stealing, pornography, etc...
There are also good habits that we develop that we may not see the results of for long periods of time. Things like being a hard and faithful worker at our jobs or being a friend that is there all of the time or getting up early to spend time in the Scriptures and praying for your friends and family (Proverbs 8:17).
I guess some habits are worth developing. I guess that is why the Bible says "Taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8).
So, go ahead! Dip your finger in the gravy.