Saturday, February 25, 2012

Finding Faith in Food Fads

As Jason and I settle into married life, 
I have started to examine the meals that I'm creating and cooking! 
Being just a small six months into married life, 
I realize I want my lifelong journey with Jason to be as long of a life as I can possibly make it! 

This has led me to look at all of the diets, fads in food, and eating plans out there. 
I want to make sure the stuff I'm putting on the table is healthy and delicious at the same time. 
But, I must admit, I love me some Thin Mints, 
some M&Ms, and a hefty bowl of chips and salsa. 
We are both (generally) good at working out, running, hitting the weights at the gym... 
And now it's time to conquer our food! 

While I'm studying all of the interesting food perspectives, 
I have remained diligent in studying God's word. 
I would hate to get so caught up in food, health, and nutrition that I don't remain focused on Him. 
And with the body image demon that rests so silent and stealthily on my shoulder diligence is key. 

One of my healthiest food loves is iced tea with no sweetener. 
Seriously, syrupy, sugary soda... Bleh. 
No thanks, just give me a chilled cup of steeped water and I'm a happy camper. 
(Well, one cup just isn't enough, if I'm honest.) 
Iced tea with a little side of M&Ms or a bowl of chips and salsa... 
And you've got me won over. 
If iced tea with chips and salsa could be considered a well-balanced meal 
you'd know what fills my pantry. 
However, too many M&Ms and too many chips with salsa make my tummy really upset. 
Although my self control is rusty (at best) I realize it doesn't take much 
to go from just enough to an upset tummy ache due to overconsumption.

In Phillipians 3:19, God warns against overindulgence:

"Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. 
Their mind is on earthly things."

Iced tea is, luckily, a healthy choice
 and I don't have problems with an upset stomach due to over-ingestion. 
God is much like iced tea. 
He is good for you, He has elements critical to life (like tea has water), 
He's just being Him and not trying to be too sweet 
(in other words, He's all natural and has no need for sugar coating).

At the same time, God is not like M&Ms or chips and salsa. 
Too much doesn't make you sick. 
He is not tempting you only to make you pay for quenching your desires. 
He longs for you to come and enjoy all of the flavor that He has to offer. 
God extends an invitation to believers in 1 Corinthians 10:31 in saying 

"So whether you eat or drink whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 

Amen, let's enjoy! 
His goodness will come upon us and bless us through our indulgence in Him.

Enjoy the best of summer drinks (on this warm, sunny, not so wintry day!) and think of His greatness. He longs for us to drink of His greatness while spending time thinking on Him. i'm up for it.

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