Friday, July 3, 2015
We were having breakfast this morning at a popular place of many and I was reminded once again of a not so good human characteristic. I am referring to our tendency to like the things we should not while we sometimes detest things which are good, a pattern which started in the Garden of Eden with our original parents. Adam and Eve were told by God that they could eat from any of the countless trees which were in the garden except one. Now, the Bible does not say it directly but it is very likely that Eve just went directly one day to the one tree they were told not to eat from. Perhaps she did not go there with there with the intention of eating from it, mind you, she just wanted to see how this one was different from the others. That is like those who say they want to quit smoking but they just happen to have a pack in their pocket, or if not very close by. It is like the boy who went swimming in a nearby pond after school one day even though his dad had told him to come straight home. When his dad found him swimming in the pond, his excuse was that he was going to go straight home but then he remembered he was wearing his swimming trunks underneath his clothes. The Apostle Paul referred to this human trait when he wrote: "I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do." (Romans 7:15)
The restaurant we were visiting today offers their customers some healthier choices but looking around I didn't see anybody close by opt for any of these. C'mon, we all know some folks who consider phrases such as "reduced fat", "sugar free", "artificial sweeteners", and "healthy spread" as dirty words. Should we thank our original parents for messing us up or should we ask God for the grace and wisdom to make better choices for ourselves? Unless you are of the super sensitive or super spiritual sort, I don't believe you can say that folks who don't eat healthy all the time are going to go to Hell because of it. On the other hand, it stands to reason that an unhealthy lifestyle will probably get us to Heaven a little bit sooner. Thats something to keep in mind as we embark on this long July 4th weekend. That being said, my breakfast choice this morning was not in the healthy options bracket. Nevertheless, I'll close with this well worn phrase,"Don't do as I do................"
Memory verse for the week" (2 Peter 3:9 KJV) "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish , but that all should come to repentance."