The other morning as I was feeding our two dogs, I placed a normal potion of food into our Lhasa’s bowl and since there was a bit left in the cup, I placed that leftover amount into our Cocker Spaniel’s bowl, intending to fill it up with more. He immediately began chowing down, not waiting for me to finish giving him all he required.
When I attempted to replenish it with the rest of his food, he gave me a warning growl. Whoa! . . . that wasn’t like him at all, he’s not the territorial one! So, giving him the “desires of his heart,” I simply let him enjoy that little bit, oblivious to the bounty he had lost out on.
I believe when we kneel before God, our eyes will be opened and all will be revealed. And with it, I suspect we will understand all we could have achieved, how joyfully and abundantly we could have lived, if we had only followed God’s Divine Plan for us instead of resisting His wise counsel and following our own. We’ll discover how rewarding our life would have been if we had simply allowed Him to replenish our “life’s bowl.” Instead, we tell God that we’re happy with less than what He desires for us.
“The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way;” (Psalm 37:23)
That is one of the recurring themes of my book. “Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese . . . ” We settle for less. Instead of choosing God’s vibrant life filled with wholesome foods, we select chemically-processed, dyed and less-than-nutritionally-beneficial products. As we learn in 1 Corinthians 10:23, “Everything is permissible,” but not everything is helpful . . . “ any food is fine in moderation, but if I only gave my dogs treats, they wouldn’t be as vibrant and happy at their age as they are now. Since I love and care for their well-being, it hurts me if they become ill.
Therefore, isn’t it reasonable that God cares as much about us? He loves us enough to have designed us with Free Will. We get to choose if we follow His nutritionally- sound guidelines or some advertiser’s false claim that “you can lose 16 pounds in a week!” by following an unhealthy diet plan. How it must grieve Him to see us suffer from these foolish, unhealthy, personal choices we make!
His Plan gave us a bounty of highly nutritious foods and yet we choose junky, processed foods or quick-fix diet plans more often than not. Does the world’s chemically-created bounty tastes better than God’s to you? We can become toxic from these acidic food choices, which establishes a breeding ground where chronic illness will fester, destroying our earthly temple. It’s a Free Will choice but if He had wanted us to eat only processed foods, He would have placed Adam in a McDonald’s, not a garden!
When we choose convenience over nutritiously-dense foods, we also settle for a world of mediocrity. Why go through life within a sluggish existence when we could live the focused, energetic, vibrant one our Lord wants for us? He wants to fill our bowl with energetic, bountiful JOY but some choose to go through life with a cup either half-full or on empty!
Nutrients were created to allow our brains to work like well-run computers and our bodies to run like a well-managed machine. Choose daily 80% wholesome grains, vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts and seeds and enjoy a little dark chocolate along the way. Discover for yourself how abundantly God wants us to live!