I’ve been trying to eat a little more healthily lately. It’s not much fun, but the results are good. It means I really have to think about what I’m going to order at some of the places my family eats
At Wendy’s I’ve started eating a large chili (surprisingly good for you…in comparison) and a small side salad instead of the bacon junior cheese burger and fries I had been eating. At Chipotle I no longer get a tortilla (huge sacrifice!!!) but get a salad instead. And tonight when I take my daughter to Chick-Fil-A (after her dentist appointment in Tucson) I’ll resort to the grilled chicken sandwich with a fruit cup (joy…) instead of the original chicken sandwich and waffle fries.
This is a pure act of the will.
I am not having fun yet, in case you wondered. However, I’m liking the results. I’ve lost a few pounds and my clothes are already fitting better. I sleep better, have more energy, and I might even get a better report at the dentist when I visit there next month.
Eating well has its benefits. But Jesus said that it’s not so much what goes into a person’s mouth that defiles them as what comes out. Obviously He wasn’t talking about your waistline or your weight. But He was talking about health.
In fact Solomon referred to the healthiness of what comes out of our mouth way back in Proverbs 12:18.
- grace (Ephesians 4:29)
- truth (Proverbs 23:16)
- wisdom (Proverbs 12:18)
- discretion (Proverbs 15:28)
- encouragement (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
- love and honor (Romans 12:10)
And we need to steer clear of those ingredients that ultimately sicken and destroy:
- slander (Ephesians 4:31)
- gossip (Proverbs 20:19)
- complaining (Philippians 2:14)
- lies (Proverbs 12:19)
- harm (Psalm 52:2-4)
- cursing and bitterness (Romans 3:13-17)
I’ve not really earned the right to preach to you about healthy eating. I’ve been doing it all of four weeks and I’ve messed up more than a few times already. It’s hard to make healthy choices when there are so many tempting choices out there. And it’s even harder to break old habits.
I think choosing to speak healthy words is just as hard, if not harder. I’m no expert here either, but I do recognize the gravity of the situation. I recognize that unhealthy words do even more damage than calorie laden and fattening foods. They truly can pierce, wound, hurt, and kill.
So it’s worth it to think before we speak, choose our words carefully, base our words on scripture, and consider the effect of the words we might speak.
I’m working on this healthy eating thing. I’m also going to make a conscientious effort to speak words that are healthy too. Will you join me?