”So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” - I Corinthians 10:31 NIV
I eat ice cream for the glory of God. Somebody has to do it. It might as well be me. When I was a little kid, we made homemade ice cream every summer. We’d crank out a gallon of ice cream on the back porch, alternating salt and ice until we could crank no more. Then we’d pull out the paddle and my mother and I would tease one each other over whose turn it was to lick the paddle. The argument always ended in a draw, with both our spoons digging into the spoils of victory.
Our generosity ended there. We were gluttons. We packed the ice cream maker with rugs just long enough to hold the temperature while we laid out bowls and toppings. And then the feast began. Our first bowl intoxicates memory to this day. The pure bowl without garnish. The second bowl might add fresh strawberries, while the third perched atop angel food cake. The fourth bowl might be somewhat smaller, saving room at the side for a brownie or fudge. After that, we might not feel so great, so it was down to spoon licking. We reluctantly packed up the remains into Tupperware for the freezer, to be enjoyed another day.
Ice cream was never about dessert. It was always about the abundance of love in our household, a sign of the unmerited grace of God. We had to do our part to be sure, each in turn sitting on the stoop and turning the crank until our arms ached. In the end, we knew it wasn’t our actions alone, but some process as mysterious as milk into ice cream, or water into wine, that brought us such joy.
You don’t have to eat a whole tub of ice cream to have a real good time. If you want to know the ecstasy of God’s abundant love, enjoy an ice cream cone. And whatever you eat or drink, whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Prayer: God of abundance, help me to express gratitude for the simple joys of life. Like ice cream on a steamy summer afternoon, remind us of the treat, the sweetness of your love for us, that knows no end. Amen
God’s grace, mercy and peace be with you,
Dr. Anna V. Copeland
Community Church of Vero Beach
Vero Beach, Florida