I’ve been thinking recently that maybe there needs to be a mind shift on how we view whole foods and other natural alternatives for that matter. I’ll be honest and say that the few trips I made to Whole Foods grocery store several years ago were greeted with a husband who looked at me wondering what the heck I was thinking and at the time re-named the grocery store to “Whole Paycheck.” We laughed, and I went back to Kroger-ing.
Until Pondering This Question: Are Whole Foods An Investment In Life?
Recently I was put in my place by a verse in Malachi. It reads:
“But you dishonor my name with your actions. By bringing contemptible food, you are saying it’s all right to defile the Lord’s table. You say, ‘It’s too hard to serve the Lord,’ and you turn up your noses at my commands,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “Think of it! Animals that are stolen and crippled and sick are being presented as offerings! Should I accept from you such offerings as these?” asks the Lord.
“Cursed is the cheat who promises to give a fine ram from his flock but then sacrifices a defective one to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,” and my name is feared among the nations!
This came on the heels of me just pondering the reality that my daughter may well suffer from ADD but experiencing the medical route one time around, I made the decision to try a more natural way. After reading this, I realized the job ahead of me was going to be a bigger investment in my time and finances.
The truth is the majority of the food we eat is junk.
It is filled with modified ingredients that our bodies simply cannot process. Whether the additives and fillings that make up the long list of ingredients on the products we purchase are synthetic, modified, or processed our bodies are paying the cost. And for me, this means I must begin the journey back to selecting only the best plants and animals available. And, in doing so, believe that through this a healthier life will ensue.
But it’s expensive to eat an organic whole foods diet!
This is true, and yet, in considering this truth, I also have to remember and consider the truths of God’s Word. I have a responsibility to be a good steward of that which has been placed under my care. I could easily say that being a good steward of money – through saving it and couponing – is me walking in alignment with what His Word says. But is it? If the foods I am purchasing are not giving my body or the bodies of my family members the nutrition they need, then maybe I am unaware of what it means to be a good steward. For there is no doubt that the greater gift in my life, is that of raising a whole body which houses the Spirit of Christ. Maybe, being a good steward isn’t always about making sure I am getting the best deals. Maybe it is about spending the money in the right places and for the right things.
God’s Word is rich with wisdom. And over time, I have come to learn that if I want to live a whole and full life, it behooves me to truly live in a way where I elevate God’s desires over my own.
I cannot serve both God and money.
In addition to setting my priority to be on my family over my extracurricular activities and desires, God’s Word is clear that we reap what we sow. For me, this means that what I put into my kids, I will get out. This is important on many levels for me. Having one child who depends on the right foods, exercise, treatments, and therapy to gain forward momentum, has taught me this truth. In addition, God’s Word is clear that where my money is, there my heart will be too. So while the food we eat may be more expensive or the treatments I use may cost me some out-of-pocket expenses, I can know that I am doing this because I want what is best for my family.
We are told that to whom much is given much is required. Our children are our greatest possession. So, if whole foods are a link in the puzzle of building a better temple within which they will gain health and life, then so be it. I will dedicate myself to building houses where God can reign and do His best work for a world in need.
What one thing could you change or live without in order to focus on a healthier lifestyle? Would you be willing to give that something up if you knew it would harvest a reward? Would love to hear what those things might be or how you are trying to do this for your own family. Share with us!
Till next time!
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