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I like to watch that TV show about people who weigh 600 pounds or more and finally seek the help of a doctor in Texas.
The doctor puts them on a 1,200-calorie-per-day diet, a diet requiring them to eat only vegetables and certain kinds of meat. I feel sorry for these people as they try to give up the pepperoni pizza, chocolate cake and other delicious foods that God provides.
I say that knowing that God provided Adam and Eve with only healthy natural foods. People in Bible times knew nothing about chocolate, french fries, hamburgers and the other fattening goodies we enjoy today. But God has allowed people to discover the ingredients that go into them, hasn’t He? True, but that doesn’t mean we should go whole-hog when we encounter them.
In fact, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 asks, “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”
The last few years, my temple has grown larger and larger. One doctor recommended weight loss surgery, but my insurance didn’t approve it. Now another doctor has put me on a diet called the Daniel Plan. As the name says, this diet is based on the biblical story of Daniel, who ate only vegetables and drank only water, when the King had wanted him to eat his delicacies and drink his wine.
And at the end of 10 days, Daniel was in better shape than the other young men who followed the king’s diet (Daniel 1:1-21).
So, for the last while I have been scarfing down veggies and non-meat sources of protein and increasing the amount of water I drink, And my temple is gradually getting smaller.
Today, let’s thank God for all the wonderful healthy food that He’s made available to us — and pray for willpower!
Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.