“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” (Psalm 96:1-3, NIV)

TV Dinner

When was the last time you ate a frozen TV dinner? If you’re old enough, you may remember those early meals that were sold in an aluminum tray and marketed by the Swanson® company in the mid-1950’s. If you’ve had one lately, you’re probably well aware that this idea has evolved for use in the microwave. In either case, separate compartments house different components of the entrée, and after a few minutes these “nuked” delicacies are ready to savor – from corn to chicken to a hot apple pie for dessert. Delicious! Or so some people say.

The frozen dinner is an appropriate image for many of us – and not just because it keeps us from having to cook. We often try to compartmentalize our lives – much like a frozen dinner. As most of us are wired to think, this kind of separation usually works nicely: The job goes in one compartment of the tray. Put the family in another. Friends and extended family in another. And sometimes God is relegated to the dessert compartment (the smallest one in the tray that gets attention only for an hour or so on Sunday).

But another idea surfaced around the same time as the TV dinner, one that we could look at as a new representation for our lives – the pot pie. The “pot pie” is a more realistic image for life. Inside the flaky crust is a combination of food groups – it’s nearly impossible to separate the different parts of the pie from each other.

What’s the point of this conversation, you may ask?

Life doesn’t fit into neat compartments. The psalmist illustrates this in his writing when he asks God’s creation to praise God. The earth, sea, land, stars, trees, forests, fields – everything! All of creation rejoices because of God’s deeds, his splendor and majesty, his strength and glory.

Now, let’s flip that around. Consider your life – every aspect of it. Does it all belong to God? Does it all praise God?

Chances are you’re going to say “no”. That’s okay, because today is a new day! Maybe you struggle to believe that God cares about your finances, the challenges you face at work or your struggles with sin. But He does! Life works best when you stop making God an add-on to your days – something to consider once a week before moving on. He longs to be brought into the discussion, to be involved in every aspect of your life. Like sauce in a pot pie, once you allow Him to cover every aspect of your life you’ll discover a richer and more satisfying experience.

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Enjoy your day (and your weekend), “Working for Christ”!

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17 Comments on “TV DINNER OR POT PIE?”

  1. I admit, I remember those aluminum tray TV dinners! Great post and great analogies! Have a great weekend! 🙂


  2. garden2day Says:

    What a beautiful way to look at it! Life is always better when we start with God. I remember the aluminum trays, too, oh my! Age… Take care! 😀


  3. Great post !!
    Blessings in Christ, bruce


  4. Greg Ward Says:

    Love your analogies…and pot pie (lots of it!) I know I will be visualizing the pot pie of my own life all day now!


  5. leftnfree Says:

    Wow. I like this. Great way to look at our lives and yes I too remember the metal trays.


  6. kjt2u Says:

    It is absolutely so easy to compartmentalize everything. It’s a struggle for me to be a pot pie rather than a tv dinner. (On a side note, I’d rather have a pot pie than a TV dinner any day! ). Great post! Thanks for sharing.


  7. Melissmor Says:

    With God in charge, there is no weapon created by the hands of man that can shake the Blessings of God, if only we can acknowledge Him. I Love your post!


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