K.I.S.B…keep it simple baby_imperfect prose

brown Italian mushrooms sitting in the sun to soak up Vit. D

brown Italian mushrooms sitting in the sun to soak up Vit. D

These last couple of weeks I have been under going an endeavor I call ” clean eating”.

It basically means I want my family, and myself, to consume only that which has not been “messed around with”.

That means cutting out:

the processed

anything that has the words “enriched” or “hydrognized”

no xtra-bold Cheez-it cheddar crackers,

that awesome deli ham we all love,

no granola bars…even the “low fat” &  “made with whole granola” kind, that has the Quaker Oats guy waving at you from a glossy box.

Now, I consider myself a person above fads. My grabbing a hold of this clean eating thing has been a long, long process of realizing we kinda need good food to feel good-

but what is good?

And right there, in that three-word question:     what is good?

 the zealots will start to rise up out of the midst like some horror movie zombie…they are coming for you!…don’t stare too long or you will become one of them!

{note if you come across a health site or an article claiming breaking news about the  “real truth” … and they use an excessive amount of CAPS AND !!!!, you probably should just stop reading.

JUST STOP READING I SAY!!!

Yet, I also like to think that I am one of those analytical, good decision making women-

with an appetite for learning and finding the truth.

It has been a slow  journey for me, starting ten years ago when I started to have some “feminine” problems and after going on several expensive prescriptions, that at the time our insurance did not cover in the least, that we could not afford in the least, that did not work in the least, when I happened to chance upon a natural remedy book at a rummage sale, and for two bucks my world changed.

Getting back to simple,

believing that when Creator God said:

“It Is Good” He meant it when it comes to our food.

But something has happened, hasn’t it?

We have gotten away from the simple-

living close to the source as they say.

Can the age old question of:

What is good?

be answered in the word simple.

Keep. It. Simple. Baby.

Eating clean, organic, all natural, does not guarantee perfect health forever.

Likewise,

splurging on delivery pizza and ice cream because delivery pizza and ice cream are awesome, obviously, will not mean a reversal of our hitherto good health.

My head spinning, my eyes squinting, at the microscopic-sized printed ingredients list they hide on food packages, and trying to decide under florescent light with EZ listening music playing above my head as I decided between organic, no-GMOs, and all natural, I wonder if all this is really worth it.

I decide it is.

Later, escaping the labyrinth of grocery store aisles, I can’t help but see an obvious spiritual correlation between our food endeavor and our religion endeavor.

Keep. It. Simple. Baby.

Jesus was simple,

Love God with everything and then other people;

all the laws of the prophets are summed up in these…all the laws...have you ever read Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy?

There is a whole lot there.

A lot of perfectly- formed law fodder for The Body to analyze with a magnifying glass, to then argue till the cows come home about “my interpretation”.

But “my interpretation” flows through a sieve of self first.

Just like with food that has been declared “good” by God, we should live close to the source, everything else gets watered down, messed around and does much harm over the years.

Can we be simple enough to live close to our God-source, Jesus?

Can we be honest enough that we, because we are NOT good, like the watered down, like the messed around, like the conveniently listed rules, so then we can contrast and compare.

I have never witnessed a debate that actually changed someone’s mind.

Ever.

And I grew up in family that loves to debate.  I like to. But lately, I am seeing the foolishness of it. 

I am seeing a forests of planks in glazed eyes.

Creeds, Apologetics, Social Conservatism, or learning the original Greek does not save.

It does not even sanctify.

And yet.

You can’t keep eating drive through-food and calling Mountain Dew breakfast and expect to feel good.

You can’t choose willful ignorance of what the Bible says is good and then try to devise what is good.

What is a thinking Christian to do?

Keep. It. Simple. Baby.

Because when you just train your eyes to simply look at the man on cross-

an ugly, broken, mess, yet so beautiful

making me, an ugly, broken, mess, beautiful

something slowly, something simple, starts to happen:

you stop caring about always being right and you just start caring.

Caring about all those broken, ugly, messes who are not so different from you;

they just have not come to understand  Who The True Beautiful One is yet.

And for those “who have eyes to see”, do they see The Beautiful Righteousness One in you, or do they see your own self righteousness, that is never, all that pretty.

Linking up a tad late with the Beautiful Crowd at Imperfect Prose, hosted by the Beautiful Blogger Emily Wierenga.

 

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2 thoughts on “K.I.S.B…keep it simple baby_imperfect prose

  1. Leah (I’m pretty sure that’s your name……..at least it was over at Karin’s place) I clicked on over well, ’cause my daughter’s name is Leah. Just that. This was a powerful post.
    These lines blew me away, “Because when you just train your eyes to simply look at the man on cross-
    an ugly, broken, mess, yet so beautiful
    making me, an ugly, broken, mess, beautiful
    something slowly, something simple, starts to happen:
    you stop caring about always being right and you just start caring.
    Caring about all those broken, ugly, messes who are not so different from you;
    they just have not come to understand Who The True Beautiful One is yet.”
    well, and they convicted me,too.

    God bless you.

    Like

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