"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."-1 Cor. 10:31Ahhhh... eating out. My friend Beth posted on her blog confessing she eats out often. She shared that it works for her life stage of no kids and enough paycheck. Then I noticed that most of her friends who thought it was great also clarified that it makes sense since she doesn't have children. I searched to see if any of her friends with kids admitted that they also eat out a lot. None did.
That was awkward for me because I'm a (pregnant) mom with 2 kids. And we eat out out. Often. Sometimes more than once a week. Our friends and family all know this. Suddenly, I wondered if people who know me judge me for eating out. Then I panicked that maybe it's wrong to eat out and I've just been blind to it. So I called Andy (who laughed at me) and then prayed. God did a sweet work in my heart to reassure me that He is well pleased with me. I'm reminded that my heart and intentionality in life is so important. Eating out may be a good or bad choice for us in different seasons and for different reasons and it's good to evaluate and do what please God. But when we feel the freedom to eat out, like anything else we do, it should be to the glory of God. So the question that leaves me with is: How can I glorify God as we eat out?
I wrote a list of a few ways I believe God is glorified as our family eats out. This blog series is not meant to defend our choice to eat out or to encourage others to eat out. I'm sharing because I believe it is good for us to evaluate all aspects of our daily life, asking Him what best sets our hearts on Him. It is good to look hard at how we spend our days to identify ways that don't honor God and seek instead for what will direct our hearts in Him. For our family, in some situations it means giving up things we enjoy because they are a snare/idol. But in many, evaluating our daily life has lead to having a firmer intentionality towards God in daily life as we seek Him through the things He gives us that we enjoy.
Here's are the main areas I listed that I'll post on:
1) Family Meals Out- Is it a benefit or hindrance?
2) Finances- Can we really afford it?
3) Being planted- Sharing Christ Intentionally as we eat out