First Week Back

After a 21-day journey with God, specifically abstaining from carnivorous tendencies, I, interestingly enough, broke my fast with a Big Mac and chicken strips. Oh and, of course, you can’t forget the fries and a Diet Coke. Since then, I’ve managed to put a couple of eggs into my system, some homemade chicken nuggets and some teriyaki beef/chicken.

Needless to say, I feel like I’ve developed a slight case of SORAS and my insides feel a few weeks older than they really are.

It’s also interesting to note that since Sunday’s goodbye to a strictly non-meat diet, I’ve felt a little more sluggish and a lot more tired than my previous 21-days. I guess Daniel was right all along when his refusal of the kingly buffet table would prove spiritually and physically uplifting. I’m not going to lie. Once I got the green light to enter back into my regular eating habits, I jumped at the chance to put the once living animals into my system.

In retrospect, however, I’m beginning to understand, more and more, what Jesus meant when He said that man doesn’t live on bread alone. We, especially here in America, tend to over indulge in the things that really count for nothing in eternity. “Bread”, of course, comes in many different forms. We get so turned on to the littlest of newest technology and salavate over the steamiest of well prepared dishes. We flock to the next big thing and try to outdo our neighbors in being the first to wrap our fingers around the latest gadgets. We swarm to Vegas because of their abundant offerings of inexpensive all-you-can-eat cafeterias.

We, in fact, do live on “bread” alone.

Now, I’m not saying I’m going to rid myself from all that the world has to offer. But, I am saying that God, indeed, isn’t to be taken lightly. He does have all we need to truly live. God has the ordained direction for all of us and less than ordinary isn’t in His vocabulary. We’re called to live extraordinary lives and it begins by living on Him alone.

How about you? After seasons of spiritually high moments, what are your typical setbacks when stepping back into the “world”? Are you more on fire for God or do you revert to your old ways, as if nothing of spitiual significance happened?

Let’s talk.

Fruits and Vegetables

I’ve grown to love Fruit Ninja and Veggie Samurai…yup…I’m one of those guys…those tech loving geeks who try to keep up with all the latest gadgets and doohickies. Throw in time consuming games on a touch screen platform into the mix and life as we know it all of a sudden comes to a screeching halt.

Fruit Ninja and Veggie Samurai have been notorious for numerous amounts of time sucking adventures.

In short, both are slicing and dicing fun-filled battles against evil empires of delicious produce.

Interesting enough, as I enter a season of fasting, in partnership with New Life Center, God spoke two specific directions for my time with Him over the course of the next 21 days. Fruits/Vegetables and the Book of Daniel.

It excites me, over these past couple of weeks as I wielded my katana blades and annihilated bananas and broccolis, that God humorously fused my latest tech geeky journeys with, what I can only imagine to be, an amazing spiritual catalyst to my relationship with Him.

If you remember anything about King Nebuchadnezzar’s early reign over Jerusalem, he demanded that anyone who was going to be brought up in royalty submit to his ways, his customs, and his culture. One of those ridiculous demands was the requirement of a diet that included specific foods (mostly meats) and wine. In the mix of royal leaders and wise scholars were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.

Or, more commonly known as, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego.

For these four, however, they refused to defile themselves with Nebuchadnezzar’s daintiest. So,
they requested a 10-day diet of only veggies and water. In short, the four men of God, after the 10-day “royal diet” fast, were more energized and more spiritually in tuned with God than those who indulged in the king’s lavish dining.

So, it goes without saying, I’m looking forward to what God has in store.

I’ll do my best to blog my 21-day journey and, in turn, I hope you’ll journey with me
by reading and responding with some of your thoughts.

Here we go…

…Let’s talk!