What drives your passion?
The woman whose son loses his life at the hands of a drunk driver gets M.A.D.D. so other mothers might escape her pain.
The couple whose daughter is assaulted and raped opens a crisis center so other young women can deal with the pain.
The man dealing with the pain of his son’s addiction gets motivated to speak to parent groups in an effort to share the warning signs.
The person who has learned to cope with a life-threatening or chronic disease eagerly shares their discoveries of hope with friends and family members to help them avoid pain.
So, ultimately it seems pain drives our passion. Through the stories of others we learn to not drink and drive, to become aware of our surroundings, to confront our children when necessary and to make better health choices. We hear how we can become wiser, but we often choose to not make any changes. We say, “It’s not going to happen to me”, “I don’t have time to learn anything new”, “My child would never do that” or what I hear most often, “It’s just not convenient”. Proverbs 9:10-12 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.”
I understand making unwise choices and the stress of a hectic schedule. I taught my children through my example to make poor choices when it came to food. I’ve been there and done that. However, my physical pain has shown me a much better way. I have learned what goes into our bodies really does make a difference and for the most part it is not too late to make changes that will ensure the health and well-being of our families. In many cases, God has given our bodies the ability to heal themselves if we give them the right nutrients. I have learned that just during my children’s lifetime things that go into our food have gotten much worse.
Take sugar for example. Cancer cells feed on sugar. It contributes to more than 60 different ailments and is the primary culprit that promotes disease and aging. Sugar is in just about everything these days: cereal, ketchup, bread, salad dressing, pizza and many kinds of drinks. If you added one can of soda to your diet every day without changing anything else you would take in 55,000 extra calories in a year. That’s 15 extra pounds!
So, if that’s the case, then diet drinks are better. Right? Wrong! Research is now proving that artificial sweeteners trick our bodies’ cravings into thinking they can have MORE sweets, which is just the opposite of what diet soda drinkers want. There is also a connection between artificial sweeteners and brain lesions, cancer and reduced kidney function. Artificial sweeteners are an abomination to our bodies. There is nothing good about them.
So, yes, I am passionate about the dangers of unhealthy food. I want you and your children to be free from the consequences of poor decisions. I want you healthy enough to enjoy your life so you can effectively serve God for a long time. I want you to “vote” for better food with your pocketbook so we can all benefit from lower prices on an abundance of foods God intended for us to eat. I want to knock out Satan’s scheme of keeping us too sick to be a light to those around us. Listen to Jesus’ words, “The thief comes only to kill, steal and destroy; I have come so that you may have life and have it to the full.”
God proved His love for us by redeeming us with the precious blood of Jesus. He has provided us with bodies which belong to Him. We are not our own. We have been bought with a price. As a Christian, I am the temple of the Holy Spirit and feeling the sweet love of God motivates me to return that love by taking care of His temple. So, maybe it’s not really pain that truly motivates us – maybe it’s love. When love is our motivation, taking care of our temples is not a chore; it’s just what we do.
What are your struggles and triumphs with healthy eating?