Making a Dramatic Lifestyle Change – Isaiah 43:19-21

When I prepared to leave home after graduating high school, it was like throwing my toothbrush and jacket into a backpack and taking off for the wilderness. Did I really understand what I was doing? I was also concerned I might not like what I found when I reached my destination.

Where am I going?

Living as an independent adult wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.

My grandparents had recently moved to a house on Almaden Street, and I entertained the idea of claiming their basement room for myself. It was damp and musty, empty but for two box crates stacked in the corner. I arranged them under the tiny window, planning to decorate them with dandelions in a tin can.

At some point I’d put a mattress on the floor. I could live without furniture, for a while anyway. I would eat brown rice and split peas . . . and well, I could get along without lots of things.

It sounded like a great idea, “roughing it,” spending time alone with God and not having to put up with other people and their problems.

My fantasy lasted about 7 hours.

When I came to my senses I marked out a different path. Living and caring only for myself wasn’t going to be good. I recognized my true life goal is to follow Jesus where he leads—to sacrificial love for others.

A way in the wilderness

I recently found myself taking an unexpected turn on my path, which involves working to improve my health. After a physical exam I read several books to compare professional opinions. I’ve been eating a whole foods, plant-based diet now for one year and ten days, and I’m thankful to say it’s helping me manage arthritis pain without prescription drugs.

“I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise” (Isaiah 43:19b-21 ESV).

Whatever comes on our life’s path, we can trust him to make a way.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

They Lie to Me – Proverbs 23

Do you argue with ads? We got rid of our TV a long time ago, but I used to talk back to commercials spouting their boisterous messages about my shortcomings without their product. Or the glamour girls were passed off as women I should emulate. Or buying “X” would ensure my good health, appeal, or confidence.

And the insinuations, oh my! Something must be wrong with me because I don’t feel compelled to buy what they’re selling.

I Hate Being Lied To.

That’s the heart of it. I’ve worked hard to keep my focus on what’s true, so I get agitated when voices bombard my head with deceiving messages.

Does Food Lie to You?

“When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive” (Proverbs 23:1-3 NIV).

One set of lies that are a continual battle is what my own cravings tell me about food. If it’s not “more is better than less,” then it’s “sweets are the reward for eating what you don’t like.”

When I unravel the deceptions I gain a sense of freedom and right-ness in my clearer thinking.

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“Listen, my son, and be wise. Set your heart on the right path: Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags” (verses 19-21 NIV).

Prayer

Lord, help me to be more discerning about what I believe. I long to walk in the way of truth and not be distracted by popular or noisy voices. Thank you for Jesus’ promise that “truth shall make you free.”

by Kathy Sheldon Davis