30th Apr, 2010

It Looks Good

Mmmmm, that fruit sure looks good.

I think I will take a bite. And I’d also love to give some to you. I understand why Eve wanted to share.

I don’t know what God was thinking, putting that tree’s fruit off limits. I mean, just look at its fruit! They are huge and juicy, the kind of fruit that just melts in your mouth and runs down your chin onto your shirt.

The fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil begs to be eaten, daring us to judge and compare one another.

I was driving out of a parking lot yesterday and I saw two men sitting at a table smoking. Neither looked very clean or healthy and I thought to myself, “Why are you smoking?”

In about two seconds God spoke many things to me. He is definitely capable of communicating more information than I can process.

First, God pointed out the irony of the situation. I was driving out of a parking lot with my knees holding onto the steering wheel while I spooned frozen yogurt into my mouth, frozen yogurt mixed with Reese’s, pecans, and M&Ms. I might be quick to think poorly of a cigarette habit, but never mind the way I use chocolate and ice cream as comfort.

Then, He got really serious. As I argued a bit about the habit and addictive issue of nicotine and its destructive nature to one’s health, he revealed something to me. Addictions aren’t always just an addiction to an action; addictions can also involve avoidance or inaction.

What do I mean? Well, I realized I am currently addicted to avoiding exercise. I may not smoke, but I also don’t exercise regularly. I may not have a drug addiction, but I also don’t find myself fasting and praying regularly.

Wow. Judge not lest ye be judged. That is where I found myself yesterday at 2:00 p.m. with a frozen yogurt treat in my hand.

I just thought I’d share.

Responses

Great post Bryan,

Yeah for sure we do judge, if not people our circumstances. In my case I can’t seem to do exercise much either being miles away from church friends and facilities, but I have learnt to put exercise where I can in my life because I want to honour God with it. For example, i have 3kg weights in my bedroom for upper body. I printed off a few exercises by some German dude i’ve nicknamed Gunter and aim for a daily workout. For football i travel to my church town and play footy there even though its only for an hour and cost £2. When i was a kid i could’ve done those things for free down the park any day i wished, and now i just have to do more. Make your exercise an adventure you get to do 🙂

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