We have already eaten a ton of our kids’ Halloween candy. Now the real trouble starts. Parties, teas, restaurant events and office showdowns are on the way.
I’m watching my weight, Lord.I’m careful not to botch it.
My life is a bore for I have to watch it.
Others are chewing and swallowing sugars and fats
But me, I am left with food tasting like hats
Oh when will it end? The season goes on
Valentines till it stops and my fear is all gone!
I’m overwhelmed with sorrow, sunk in a swamp of despair! I’m like someone who goes to the garden to pick cabbages and carrots and corn and returns empty-handed, finding nothing for soup or sandwich or salad.
There’s not a decent person in sight. Right-living humans are extinct. They’re all out for one another’s blood, animals preying on each other. They’ve all become experts in evil. Corrupt leaders demand bribes.
The powerful rich make sure they get what they want. The best and brightest are thistles.
I am thinking you have a friend like this too…right? Run I say! RUN AWAY FAST! Folks like this just drag you down, don’t they? God calls us to joy—Where is yours?
“The joy of God is your strength!” (Nehemiah 8:10b, MSG)
Our generation lives in a state of food fear based on gluten-free, weight loss, organic, raw, vegan, and more. Let these verses help you decide what is right for you personally (and NOT right for you to shove down the throats of others.)
What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth that is what defiles them.” (Matthew 15:11, NIV)
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31, NIV)
What did you find in your flower garden and on your lawns, your parks and your villages this year? I bet it was nature’s garbage. Nature’s garbage is a collection of dead leaves, dead flower heads, broken twigs and pinecones.
Nature knows when to get rid of its junk. Do you? Do you have broken lamps, multiple electrical cords with no idea what they are for? Are you hoarding your grown children’s kindergarten pictures in case they want them? (P.S.-They don’t!)
Here is a list of some of the things God considers to be garbage.
-Trying to get your own way all the time
-repetitive, loveless, cheap sex;
-a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage;
There was a wounded gal standing on the sidelines, covered in loneliness, poor self-image and fear. She was surrounded by great people who all said “Hi, how are you” before moving on to their friends. They had no time to listen to her answers.
One lady told her to stop moping around, get her act together and join the crowd. Another invited her to the mall but the gal couldn’t keep up with the money, the crowds and the noises.
Finally another woman gave her a hug and asked, “How are you really doing?” She sat down with her and listened, really listened as she shared her loneliness, heartache and assorted other troubles. They spent a quiet hour together. “Don’t worry,” said her new friend. ‘We will get through this together. You can count on me.’
“A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, and ‘Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I’ll pay you on my way back.’ (Luke 10:33-35, MSG)
The use of the F… word is not our only bad habit. I am sure you can think of many that you struggle with and no doubt you could pick out many of mine.
You might use the F…word all the time but if the pastor shows up all of a sudden you are cured.
You might eat chocolate cake every day but if you join a weight loss group, you might still eat it but not in front of your leader.
You see we do have self-control but we only use it when it suits us. Mostly these things are just ingrained habits now but we can change them with God’s help. Think of the kind of things we do that are bad for our health.
Which ones do you want God to help you deal with?
Will it be ‘bad for us’ food or beverages?
Will you choose emotional shopping, nose picking or hair pulling?
What about on-line habits like Facebook or video games?
A habit is a pattern of behaviour which is bad for your physical, mental or emotional health. It’s really about self- control. Think of the word itself-habit. Take away the H and you haven’t changed a bit. Remove the A and you still have a bit left. Remove the B and you still have it left.
Remove the IT and low and behold the HABIT is gone.
Slack habits and sloppy work are as bad as vandalism. (Proverbs 18:9, MSG)
Love thy homeless neighbour, Love thy gay neighbour, Love thy Muslim neighbour,
Love thy black neighbour, Love thy white neighbour, Love thy immigrant neighbour,
Love thy Jewish neighbour, Love thy Catholic neighbor, Love thy Baptist neighbour,
Love thy atheist neighbour, Love thy addicted neighbour, Love thy disabled neighbour,
Love thy born-again neighbour “Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40, NIV)
Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don’t try to convince me that
There’s something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.
And it’s not true that
It’s all in the mind and heart
True happiness can be attained
Only if one’s surroundings are good
It’s not true that good exists
I’m sure you can agree that
It’s all beyond my control
And you’ll never in a million years hear me say
Today was a very good day
Now read it from bottom to top, the other way,
And see what I really feel about my day.
Since this is our truth, why should any day be a bad day?
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8, NIV)
Prayer- Lord, we choose today to experience everything that happens to us through your eyes. Amen