I’ve been on a bit of a bender for about a week now.
Not alcohol or drugs.
And I can’t seem to stop. Except, now I might have to because I just ate all the chocolate that we have in the house.
Recently, I challenged myself to partake in whole30. The idea behind whole30 is that you eat only whole foods for 30 days: no dairy, grains, sugar (natural or refined), or processed foods of any kind. It wasn’t easy, but I did it. I ate tons of high nutrition foods, and probably ate more vegetables than I ever have in my life. I lost a bunch of weight too, without even working out. I felt great, had tons of energy, and was eating how I believe we are designed to eat: real food that was made by our creator, not in a factory.
It takes a lot of time to eat that way, because you have to make everything from scratch. I knew that once I was done the 30 days that I would for sure bring dairy back into my diet. And once the 30 days were up, I slowly brought dairy back but still planned to eat as paleo as possible. At first, I managed really well. One weekend I went away and had no control over what foods I was eating, and I felt terrible. I had headaches every day, my stomach hurt, and I also had zero energy. And now, as I just confessed, you know that I’ve been eating a ton of chocolate which was brought into the house by well-meaning relatives, and since I started eating the chocolate, I’ve been getting lazier with my other meals too. The saddest part is at first, I didn’t even really enjoy the chocolate as much as I used to, but I just kept eating it anyway until I was craving it! And guess what happened, now I’m sick. My throat was sore for about a week, and now it’s a full blown sinus cold.
And doesn’t sin just sneak itself into our lives in this same way? You think a little will be okay, especially if it seems like everyone else seems okay with it, and once you open that door sin just jumps right into your life and takes you hostage.
If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it. – Genesis 4:7
I’ve been wondering lately what would happen to my life if I did a spiritual whole30. No processed spirituality, cut out the crap and just go for the high nutrition stuff. I know for a fact when I’ve jumped right into 6 week mission trips, that I find myself thinking “why do I let myself be consumed by such meaningless stuff at home? Why do I waste my life by not being as intentional as I am here?”
Jesus said that we must take up our cross daily and follow him. He says that if we try to save our life then we will lose it, but if we lose our life for him then we will find it. Paul says that we have been crucified with Christ, and now it is He who lives in us.
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. – Romans 6:11-14
There are things that we allow in our lives that negatively impact us without us even realizing it, just like our food choices. What would life look like if we stripped those things from our life completely, rid ourselves of spiritual fat, and spent all of our time with the Lord, praying, reading his word, serving others, constantly striving to do what is godly with intention? How would life be different for us?
Like whole30 promises, this will change your life.
This post is a part of a 31 day series in which I write about the extraordinary in my ordinary moments. To see a list of all the other posts, click here.