NIV Devotions for Men
TV Dinner or Pot Pie?
Recommended Reading: 2
Chronicles 16:9; Psalm 37:5; Jeremiah 2:12–13; Matthew
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-1950s. If you’ve had one lately, you’re
probably well aware that this
idea has been adapted for the microwave.
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 brownie for dessert.
Delicious! Or so some folks say.
The frozen dinner is an appropriate
image for guys—and not just because it
keeps us from having to cook. Men
often try to compartmentalize their
lives—much like a frozen dinner. As most
men are wired to think in a linear
fashion, 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 as men. The “pot pie” is a
more realistic image
for life. Inside the flaky crust is a (typically
scalding) combination of
food groups—it’s nearly impossible to separate the
different parts of the pie
from each other.
Consider the point to this culinary conversation: Life
doesn’t fit into neat
compartments. The psalmist illustrates this in his
writing when he charges the
sum of 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
Now, let’s flip that around. Consider your life—every aspect of
it. Does it
all belong to God? Does it all praise God?
you’re going to say no. That’s okay, because today is a new day!
struggle to believe that God cares about your finances, the
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 permeate
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
To Take Away
In what areas of life
are you experiencing specific problems right now?
Are you struggling with
any areas that you’re hiding from God right now? Why?
What would it look
like for God to help you with these issues? Take the time
to talk to God and
ask him for his help.