We are What We Eat

In the past couple years it has become very plain to me that there is some truth in this old adage:  You are what you eat.

As a Type 2 diabetic and one who is now forced to watch both weight and all the various numbers regarding cholesterol, body fat index, etc……. Being careful about what goes in has taken on a new significance.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The gods we worship write their names on our faces, be sure of that. And a man will worship something —have no doubt about that, either. He may think that his tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of his heart—but it will out. That which dominates will determine his life and character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshiping we are becoming.”

What are we worshiping?   A quick glance at the tabloids and celeb magazines — or a brief viewing of Hollywood gossip shows gives us a dismal picture.   It shouldn’t surprise us that the young men and women who are idolizing the Kim and Kanye type celebs, who are feverishly seeking out the next episode of Snooki, Jersey Shore, Teenage mother, etc., are becoming very self oriented and amoral creatures.

What heroes and role models are we placing before our young people.  Do we expose them to the great Christian leaders of the day?  I am more and more convinced than ever that the church needs to be finding ways to expose our youth to significant and meaningful mission/service projects and trips.  They need to see reality — not on TV — but in context.  The women’s shelters, homeless refuges, etc are places to learn about compassion, love, and respect for all of God’s beloved.

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