This month, on the ChristianWriters.com blog chain, we’re discussing the topic Savour. When I think about the word savour, I think about food. I really like food, but to me, the word savour means more than just enjoying something. It means taking your time to make the pleasure last as long as possible. I’m not really one to savour my food. I’m not a connoisseur, I’m more your basic every-day garbage guts. Think of me as a human Garfield. To Quote the character of Bibly, in the Star Trek DS9 episode “Honour Among Theives” “I eat when I’m hungry, and when I’m hungry, I eat fast.” To be honest though, I’m not so bad these days. I eat pretty good and I’ve actually lost around 10 kilograms over the last few years. My point is though, I’m not one who naturally takes the time to savour things. I gobble stuff up and then move on to the next thing.
I don’t think God wants us to go through life like this all the time. I’m not saying that we must spend every minute of the day sniffing roses, but we can get so caught up sometimes that we are not appreciating what we have. That’s a big problem because if we don’t appreciate – we can’t be truly thankful.
One thing I’ve learned to savour lately is the weekend. Work has been pretty tough for me this year. I’ve been working on a difficult and frustrating project. I’ve found that when Friday night arrives I take great pleasure in appreciating the fact that I have two days off. There’s always lots and lots of housework to do of course, but the nice thing about weekends is that you can decide for yourself how much work you do, and when you do it. If I want to take an hour to sit down and read a book on my beautiful Kindle, nobody is going to tell me off.
Another thing I am savouring is time with my wife and kids. My wife has been working shifts at the hospital, as part of her nursing training, so I don’t see her quite as often as usual. That means that the time we have together is special. As for my kids – well they can be a handful (especially my four-year-old son). I can get frustrated that he keeps wanting to bug me while I’m trying to catch up with my blog reading, or I can remember how important he is to me, and what a wonderful gift it is to have a child to play with.
I am also learning this year to savour the small victories in life. As I mentioned, this has been a difficult time at work. I have learned that when I make a breakthrough, I need to take a moment, walk around the office to stretch my legs, and celebrate my victory. Then I can sit back down at my computer, click the next button and find the next big problem to solve. I’ve noticed this in my finances too. I usually tend to think pretty negatively about money. I’m sure most of us do. It can be hard to get by in this world – but I had to stop recently and realise that my hard work budgeting in the last six months has paid off. I now have some money all saved up ready for the big bills that will be coming my way soon. That’s an achievement worth celebrating. When we savour these victories, we are turning a negative thought into a positive one, and living with a more Christ-honouring attitude.
So, let’s take a moment to look around us, and see what deserves to be savoured today.