Pastor's Pen: No more cookies

When you’re trying to eat healthy there are some things to which you have to say “No”.

Cake, cookies, pie, fast food, etc.  And you must discipline yourself to stay out of the snack aisle at the grocery store.

Even on my best day I struggle to walk by soft chewy chocolate chip cookies without having them end up in my cart.  Just the other day I decided to eat a healthy sub for lunch and somehow a double chocolate chip cookie found its way into my bag.  I didn’t run from that cookie very well.  But if I desire to have a healthy lifestyle then cookies in my bag cannot be the normal description of my diet.

We looked at the first half of James 1:27 last week.  Let’s read that verse again looking at the second half, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:  to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

If I am truly a follower of Christ then His desires and teaching are what I am to put in my mind.  I need to keep the world’s ideas out.  That’s not the easiest thing to do.  Just like chocolate chip cookies, the world’s differing opinions are everywhere – even places where healthy options are available.  But as Paul encouraged Timothy, I must “turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge” (1 Timothy 6:20).

What are your viewing and listening habits?

Take time this week to examine what goes in your ears and determine if you need to do a better job of turning away what is polluting your mind.