What is “Real Food” Anyway?!

Real Food” is the newer way to describe what we boomers commonly referred to as “Whole Foods.” The change was perhaps needed to differentiate between a philosophy of food consumption and the natural grocer, “Whole Foods™.”

What is confusing to me, and I believe others, is that there are many definitions of the term “Real Food” and include restrictive diets such as Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, and Vegan.

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As a child growing up, my parents would always call us to the window or even outside to see rainbows. There is something so magical and captivating about them. If you are a believer in God or a follower of Christ rainbows are significant.

After the flood, as recorded in the book of Genesis, God showed his mercy by saying He would never again destroy everything. He illustrated this by using the symbol of the rainbow.

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On Becoming Wise

In Proverbs (24:3), King Solomon wrote: “Through wisdom, a house is built, and through understanding, it is established.” Making wise decisions as a married couple is an essential component in allowing your home to be life-giving and not draining. It is so incredibly important that both spouses, individually and together, make every effort to do the wise thing. Repeatedly.

God states that if we ask for wisdom, he will give it. (James 1:5) What a game changer that can be when we are at wit’s end and then suddenly we experience clarity. Your mind felt muddled, and now it does not.

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“The Books”

My husband and I have moved 20 times in 32 years of marriage. To say that our grown children or we have struggled to call any place “home” is an understatement. For those of you who have frequently moved as a family, you understand what I’m saying.

When my boys were young, and finances were tight, I often said the two things that were non-negotiables were nutritious food and good books. And back before there was something called a “Kindle,” there were only two types of books, paperback or hardbound. To last through three boys, I decided to buy hardbacks.

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Doing Great Harm

I recently saw this quote on Pinterest-

One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient“. (Charles M. Blow, journalist)

Have you experienced a significant relationship with someone who lacked empathy and made little effort to understand you? This can happen, even with those we should feel deeply loved by; parents, siblings, and even spouses.

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EvolvingHave you ever heard someone say, “I’m not going to change!”? I certainly have and may have said that statement myself, on occasion.

I’ve been thinking about the possibility of someone never changing.

Throughout our lives, we keep evolving as we experience life. The only way to avoid change would be stubbornness or intellectual laziness. Let me explain.

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Reprogramming Our Default Mode

We each think we have the corner on the market regarding truth. I remember hearing a pastor speak years ago about how the church (regardless of our denomination) may hold certain views today as non-negotiables but may have a new set twenty years from now.

Our parents, with a clean conscience, believed certain things and passed those beliefs down to us. Even though we may have gone through a period of our lives where we verbalized complete disagreement with those beliefs, as time passes those same views somehow become our default mode.

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Pray without ceasing. (I Thessalonians 5:17)

I struggled with prayer for many years, or to be more honest, decades. I felt it a Christian obligation. I would try to find time alone while I was raising our boys to go through my laundry list of praise and then petition. It was less than heartfelt many days.

Sometime during my spiritual journey, I heard someone speak of a different interpretation of “pray without ceasing.” This person, spoke about praying throughout the day, just like you would communicate with a companion.

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We all have idols, children (me), desire for security (me), praise from others, careers, sports, personal achievement and so on  . . .

Everything I listed above represents good things however when we heap too much attention and affection on those things, we lose perspective and make idols.

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Years ago I heard a pastor share that his staff had sent a questionnaire out to parents of the youth asking them what their greatest fears were and consequently where they needed the most support regarding raising their kids. Drugs, premarital sex, all the usual suspects were listed, except for one that this pastor thought (especially for boys) could be their undoing.

I’ve already given away in the title of this post what this pastor thought could be the culprit in robbing young men of their futures, laziness. I wholeheartedly agree as I have had to watch this silent killer of dreams dismantle lives that had every ingredient to be both successful and a good example for others.

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