thinking about food

A verse from my daily reading….

Matthew 6:25 Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?

When we read this verse we tend to think of those who are going without, don’t we? But what about those of us who have become consumed about what and how much we eat, about the size of our hips, and getting some spanx to make us look thinner.

We’ve kept food journals, measured serving sizes, and counted calories. Instead of saying our nightly prayers, we tried to recount everything we ate throughout the day. We start each Monday on a diet. And end each Friday rewarding ourselves with food for making it through the week.

We’ve spent countless hours thinking about food, haven’t we? And in doing so, we have been in direct disobedience to Christ. (OUCH!)

Isn’t time that we break this vicious cycle? Don’t you think we be concentrating more on God and his kingdom, family, and friends than we are going to eat or what we shouldn’t have eaten?

Now this doesn’t mean that we should just eat absolutely anything our heart desires because then we’ll wake each day more disgusted with ourselves than we were the day before.

It means that we should be eating fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. We should be eating the foods that God placed in the Garden of Eden and not what we find at the food courts in our local mall.

ImageLet’s stop looking for the magic pill that will allow us to eat those things that got us into this shape, stop paying Jenny Craig for her advice, and begin following the plan of the ONE  who designed and provided the perfect meal plan for us during creation.

 

 

 

The Standard American Diet is not God’s perfect meal plan for us. But neither is Jenny Craig, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, or any other man-made system.

When we are on any one of these plans we are conforming to the patterns of this world.

Let me say it again. When you are following the  advice of government, corporations,  or people rather than following the Word of God then you are conforming to the patterns of this world.

Yet Scripture teaches us that we should “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

Let’s you and I  transform our health by the renewing of our minds as we discover God’s perfect meal plan in scripture by going back to the very beginning as we look at God’s provision for Adam in the order He created it:

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:11-12

Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:20-21

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:24-25

If you want to be on God’s perfect meal plan, then you should:

  • Eat mostly vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, beans or, put another way, those things that grow from seeds.
  • Get the majority of your proteins from fish and fowl.
  • Occasionally include beef, lamb, and pork.

In the past we’ve seen eating this way as a diet or as a way of denying ourselves what everyone else is eating. Yet God himself says that “it is good.” When you and I are transformed by the renewing of our minds and understand that God’s ways are always good and that they always work for our good, then we will no longer see this way of eating as a diet to be endured but as another way to honor our Father.

Let’s not wait to start a new diet on Monday but begin eating God’s way today.