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10/21/2017 12:11:00 AM
Not On The Menu

Dr. Vince Hefner, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Cherryville, NC


A few weeks ago my wife and I decided to do something different with our eating habits. Instead of being driven by compulsion or the ease of fast food, we wanted to eat and feel healthier.

I remembered the story in the Bible concerning a diet that Daniel selected to help his overall appearance. Daniel 1:12-15 says, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance  be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants. So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days. And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies.”

The modern term for this diet is the “Plant Based Whole Foods Diet.” That’s right, no meat, dairy, sweets, fried foods, or soft drinks. 

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Before we go any farther, I want you to know that I am not a medical doctor, nor do I play one on television. I am not a dietitian, or health guru that wants to sell you something. I recommend that you discuss any radial change in diet with your doctor before beginning. I knew I had reached my limit when I was ordering a deep fried banana covered in ice cream and chocolate for dessert and my cholesterol level was over 300. This is not a bad number if you want to get into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, but a terrible number if you want to live without heart caths, stints, and major surgery.

I just figured for the past 55 years I have eaten just about everything that walks, crawls, flies, crows, jumps, swims, or squirms, and now it is time for a change. After reading material on this lifestyle, and hearing some outstanding testimonials, my wife and I decided to take the plunge! It’s only been a couple of weeks, but I feel better and I have lost weight. I want to say it is easier to do this lifestyle change with someone else, an accountability partner that will help you when you get weak and want something that you are better off without.

The biggest challenge to this diet is turning in your old menu of food for a new menu. Believe it or not, there are a number of things you can eat, and you prepare your meals at home. When I go to the grocery store I am looking for certain items that are on my “menu.” The vegetables and fruits are easy, but other items need closer inspection. When you read the ingredients in the food, you then find out whether or not you can eat it. It is a constant battle of the “old menu,” where I ate anything that I wanted and took my chances with the results, or selecting from the “new menu,” where I have to take my time to make sure what I am eating is going to help me and not hurt me. Are you with me so far?

Here is the spiritual lesson of this story. In life we have to choose how we are going to act, speak, respond to challenges, and handle temptations. Before I was a Christian I selected my decisions off the “old menu,” meaning I did whatever I wanted to do at that moment. Now that I am a Christian, I have a “new menu,” which is God’s Word, and the more I study God’s Word the more I am going to make good decisions. If you are a Christian, then you should never choose actions that are from the “old menu” of living! Just one more question before I go, what “menu” are you using right now to choose your thoughts, motives, and actions? The next time you are tempted to do, say, or write the wrong thing, tell the Devil that you can’t find that response on your “menu!”

Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it!



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