Online envy & Football food

superbowl

Isn’t there some kind of game this weekend?  Oh yeah, the SUPER BOWL!  Football is probably my favorite sport to watch.  The Blind Side is one of my favorite all time movies.  The Manning boys are from the great state of Mississippi, so I kinda have a responsibility to like football.  Saying that, I have been thinking about things to cook for our “Couchgate” as Miss Neenee likes to call it.  You know where you sit on the couch, eat, watch the game, yell at the t.v. & eat.

But first I want to share with you an article I read in our Hope Health Letter, at work.  It’s an article called Keeping up with the e-Joneses.  I found it interesting, because, well, I guess I am little guilty of this.  The article is talking about how wonderful it is that social networks allow us to stay in touch with friends & family-however, constantly checking the status of others might have a negative consequence.  It’s called online envy.  Here is what to watch for:

When you log on to a social network & see what others have posted, do you:

Feel sorry for yourself?

Make a purchase or take similar action based on something you’ve seen someone share?

Wish there was a “dislike” button?

Say to yourself, “It must be nice to…(have that much money, time, etc.)?”

Wow!  Can you believe there are lots of people who are having the same negative thoughts because of other’s online statuses?  I know haters are gonna hate, but this has to do with our emotional health.

My Mawmaw used to say: “You better be glad for what you’ve got.  Because the Lord can take it away, just like He gave it.”

The apostle Paul had one fix for being envious

Colossians 3:15

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
If you spend your time counting your blessings, you won’t have time to be too concerned with what is going on with others.
The Lord takes being envious pretty serious.  Here is another scripture that includes envy with some other extreme sins:
Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Another way to put a stop to online envy is to quit checking social networks so much.  You will drive your self crazy!  Someone is always going to be getting a new car, winning 1st place, moving to a gorgeous house, getting a beautiful new haircut, having kids with perfect grades,  going on trips to terrificly entertaining places & all kinds of AWESOME things that may not ever happen to you.  That’s ok.  You have to take inventory of what wonderful things you have going on in your life.  You have all kinds of positive things in your life.
Be grateful for them.
Now, to my Super Bowl Football Food.  I got this recipe, a long time ago, from a co-worker.  It is always a crowd pleaser.  Any recipe that starts with, “You will need a pack of bacon”, is bound to be one I am most interested in.
2 packages hotdogs
1 pack of bacon
1 cup brown sugar
toothpicks
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Cut each individual hotdog into 3 pieces.  Take a 1/2 piece of bacon & wrap around the hotdog.  Secure with a toothpick.  Place hotdogs on a cookie sheet.  Sprinkle generously with brown sugar.   Cook for 40 minutes or until sugar is bubbly.  These can be put in a crock pot on the low setting to keep warm.
When they get cooked up, they will look like thishotdogsThis is not my picture.  It came from the Just Best Recipes website.  However, they will look just like this.
I have a few other things on my mind to make.  If I get time, I will post those, as well.  I’m so glad you came by to visit with me today.  I hope you have a great time watching the Super Bowl.  All I have to say is, “Go Seahawks!!”  Now, that I got that out, I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.

Super Bowl photo credit: sitclose.com

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