As I cruised down the highway listening to the radio, a song caught my attention, but not in the way you would expect, like what’s the title and who is singing. I missed all of that! What I did catch was the point of the song. Suddenly, my focus was sin’s dreadfulness. Immediately, I was overwhelmed with my sinful thought-pattern of coveting life’s sugar-coated offerings and how seldom I am consumed with the weight of sin that I may be dragging around. How little do I view these sins as an offense against my heavenly Father!
When Isaiah saw the vision of the King of Kings as described in Isaiah 6 and the central attribute of God’s holiness, his sinfulness stood in stark contrast.
In that moment in the car, my sin was offensive, and I began to question: For whom do I live? God or me?
After the new year rolled in and the Super Bowl approached, a restrained diet never got off the ground. Troubles seemed to be coming at me like a linebacker. I wasn’t a stranger to bloating, but stomach pain was a whole additional ball game. Now I’m no dummy, I realized pain was not something I should have to grin and bear, and I also wasn’t interested in trying out medications. However, the pain grew, and so did stomach sensitivity. The sensitivity grew so bad I couldn’t even bear to lean against the kitchen cabinet much less have an elastic band cross my midsection.
After seeing my medical doctor and being put on medication, I soon realized it wasn’t giving me the relief I needed. So, I turned to my holistic chiropractor who seemed to understand what was going on with my gut. But wanting another opinion, I saw a Gastroenterologist who agreed with the chiropractor’s assessment and gave me a diet plan eliminating the foods causing an overflow of bacteria (excess fructose, fructans, along with lactose, galactans, and polyols). Thus, giving my gut a chance to correct the imbalance allowed it to heal. I totally understand how all my years of excess in the sugar department had contributed to a very discontented stomach! I LIVE FOR SUGAR!
I was given a two-month plan to get my gut healthy. Those two-months were difficult, but I reaped the benefits. You would think this month of September (no dairy, no sugar) would be a “piece of cake” (I literally wish 😉) but it’s not! I am a “sugar-a-holic” and it is vexing when I must deny myself something I really want. Certain times of the year are harder than others but for some reason, this 3rd time on the no dairy, no sugar fast has been harder than any other!
As I continue to learn to trust the Lord and lean into Him for needed strength and encouragement, I’m also taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5, NASB). Won’t you join me as we . . . lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1). So . . .
WHOM ARE YOU LIVING FOR?
When we think too lightly of sin, We think too lightly of the Savior.C.H. Spurgeon