“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your Heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness above all else, and He will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:31-33 (NLT)
“What should I eat?” A question I hear over & over again — from friends, clients, coworkers, family members, etc. Our culture has us obsessed with food. Even health-conscious people are obsessed with food. Sometimes especially health-conscious people are obsessed with food. Paleo, gluten-free, vegan, GMO, low-carb, hi-protein, alkaline, acidic and on and on — the number of diets & meal-plans & recommendations are endless! It is overwhelming and obsessive!!!
Should we be conscious of what we put into our bodies? Yes. But we should not be obsessed with it. Should we try to take care of the bodies God has given us and feed them good things? Yes … but we should not be consumed by it. We should be obsessed and consumed with only one thing — God.
For we cannot serve two masters ….
The consumer-packaged food business sometimes makes me laugh. Do we really think that we can make food that is better for us than God did/does!? (This takes us to a discussion about supplements and soil depletion … but let’s table that discussion for now.)
Eat what God made for you. Eat what God has provided for you: food! Real food! Ignore the vast majority of what the culture is telling you about food. You will only become obsessed with it. Instead, be obsessed with God — the living God — and eat what God gives us to eat: real food. Natural, from the earth, from God’s creation food.
“Why pay money for something that will not nourish you? Why spend your hard-earned money on something that will not satisfy? Listen carefully to me and eat what is nourishing!” Isaiah 55:2 (NET)
Would you put maple syrup in your car instead of gasoline? “But it tastes better!” Maybe so, but the car won’t run on maple syrup. In fact, you might end up ruining your car!
Look around. That’s just what we (as a society) are doing. Filling our mouths with for that tastes good, but does not provide us with the nourishment we need. Food that ends up ruining the marvelous creation that God made.
Food was meant to be fuel for the body. Food was intended to serve the body and provide it what it needs for optimal performance. But our society has completely inverted that formula. For many, the body is at the mercy of food. We are food-obsessed. The pleasure of our taste-buds has taken first priority, and nutrition and nourishment have taken a back seat (heck, they may even have been tossed out of the car by now)!
Join me in the fight against this obsession with food (our “food-session,” for short). Reclaim the body as God designed and intended. Reclaim food as fuel — as nourishment for your body — and not as the destroyer of God’s good creation. Reclaim God’s intended order that food is for the body not the other way around.
It’s going to be a tough fight. I have a 8-year-old and a 6-year-old. I tell them often that we eat for our bodies, not for our mouths. On certain days, I have them look at “My Healthy Plate” and tell me what categories of intake they are lacking for that day. Our kids are surrounded by more than junk food; they are bombarded by crap-food (pardon me). Sometimes it’s distressing, but all the more reason that we cannot give up the fight.
Will you join me? There’s still time to make a difference and show our Lord that we really do value the very good creation He gave us.