Happy September Monday! The Daniel Plan resumes this Thursday at 5:15!
It is ironic because I had actually done this email on Saturday so it would be ready for today. Yesterday in Sunday School, we talked about this very subject.
It’s not uncommon, in today’s society, to hear “I can do whatever I want” or “it’s not illegal, so I can do it.” Well, yes you can. Just because you “can”, doesn’t make it good for you, productive, or even good for those around you. Our actions affect, not only ourselves, but those around us. These actions affect our physical health, our happiness, our finances and our Spiritual health. Good stewardship isn’t something we just read about, it’s something we should be living every day.
We need to do regular assessments of our lives. Have we let little “inconsequential” things sneak into our lives? This is The Daniel Plan so yes, maybe it is food, but maybe it’s the little white lie or the gossip session, the tithes that weren’t paid or maybe the promise made to God that was forgotten soon afterwards. Little, inconsequential things that can lead to a food binge, broken trust or a division in our Spiritual lives. These little, inconsequential things that are suddenly big and very consequential.
We may have the right to do whatever you want, but what is the price? Who is going to be accountable and who will it hurt? Would it really be that difficult to just do what is right in the first place? What will you allow to be your master?
In His light,
Not Everything is Beneficial
The Daniel Plan
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. —1 Corinthians 6:12
There are no forbidden foods, no foods that will defile us spiritually. However, while something may be permissible, it may not be beneficial. Some things aren’t morally wrong, but they are unnecessary and unhealthy. They are not the best, most life-giving choice for us.
We don’t want unwise choices to sneak in or begin to dominate our lives. We don’t want to be mastered by sugar or anything else. If we find that some food or some habit has dominated us, such that we crave it if we don’t have it, then we need to take charge of it and say no. God will give us the power to remove it from our lives if we ask him and keep asking. It may take time to uproot it from our lives, but we can become free of the things that aren’t life-giving choices.
Food for Thought: Sometimes pulling a few weeds in your life make room for you to flourish the way God designed you.