Archives for: April 2006, 18
Easter weekend I compared the "I want to do it my way" attitude that characterizes sin with the "I miss my favorite avoids" attitude that periodically hits all of us on the BTD. Afterwards my mind wandered off in another direction - chasing Easter bunnies I suppose. This blog may stand on its on, but if it seems to be missing something, go to the archives and read "Is Wheat a sin?"
You might think that Christians would be the first in line to seek good health and good nutrition. If you think that, you have never been to a church pot luck supper. Oh my, the delicious dishes - all of them high fat, high sugar, highly processed and laden with avoids. I don't find Christians, as a whole, eating simple foods - fresh vegetables, fruits, raw nuts, lean meats. Rather than looking for food as God made it, they indulge their senses with artificial food.
In my health food days, I had multiple Christians say to me, "I have given up this behavior or that to follow Christ. Don't tell me I have to give up good food for dry and tasteless whole grains." Or as my own husband frequently moans, "Why is everything that tastes good, bad for me?"
There is a truth here that is true in the spiritual realm as well as in the physical realm. The long term rewards of good and godly actions are greater than the immediate gratification of self indulgence or sin.
People who make their money by devoting themselves to a fulfilling career, are much better off than the robber who takes what he wants. The pleasure and satisfaction of a long and faithful marriage (my parents will celebrate their 55th anniversary this year) far outweigh the temporary benefits of an illicit relationship.
It does take more effort to prepare a meal from natural ingredients. It does take a while to appreciate the flavors of real food if you have been addicted to fast food. However, my overall health (my energy level, the clarity of my thinking, medical test results and my sense of well being) now that I am eating right for my Type is much better than when I ate a standard American diet.
The difficulty is keeping that long term reward in my mind when faced with the brief delight of a tasty avoid slipping over my tongue.