Tuesday, November 18, 2014
What does reading Scripture have in common with eating salad? Well, alot, actually...
As I sat down to eat a salad today, I realized something.
Eating salad is like reading Scripture.
Sometimes you do it, not because you are in the mood, but just because you know it's really good for you.
I haven't had the cleanest diet for the last few days.
I've got two words to sum up my indiscretions- cannoli pie.
When my diet is compromised like it is now, I have to be a lot more deliberate to get back on track.
At times, I have to almost force myself to sit down to a salad or to prepare fresh vegetables.
But once I've done that for a while and continue doing it, I know I can retrain my palate to appreciate and enjoy simple, wholesome, nutritious foods again. After that, I am less likely to even desire the foods that I know aren't good for me.
It's like that with reading the Bible.
Bible reading is a spiritual discipline in much the same way clean eating is a physical discipline.
I'm not always in the mood to sit still and read and then think about the things of God and talk to God and worship, but once I have done it, I am always glad I have.
And, like eating well, once I have read the Bible everyday for a while, it becomes easier and more enjoyable to continue making time to deliberately seek God.
And, in time, I can always see the results of my decisions.
Physically, if I eat well, I lose weight, see my muscles pop out everywhere, and feel my capacity to preform increase when I need or want to exercise.
Spiritually, if I have a daily diet of Scripture, prayer, worship, I end up with more peace, joy, and a greater my capacity for doing what I know is right when I am given opportunities to bless my kids or my husband or my friends.
Good, healthy, wise choices, whether they be physical or spiritual, are always worth the effort.