I realize at my age (last count, 48) I need to be eating healthier. That means low-fat or fat-free foods, which loosely interpreted means no taste. I am familiar with no taste.  I pick out my own clothes and I ate youth camp meat loaf for 25 years as a youth minister. Being in youth ministry I had plenty of brain lapses. I have never had one so severe that it would allow me to taste something called tofu. Listen to this enticing definition: “Tofu, also known as soybean curd, is a soft, cheese-like food made by fresh hot soymilk with a coagulant.” I don’t want to eat anything where the description uses some of the same words as an autopsy. Tofu is also supposed to be a good source of magnesium, zinc, and copper. Why don’t I just drink a glass of melted pennies? One more thing about tofu. It is most commonly sold in water-filled tubs, vacuum packs, or in aseptic brick packages. Maybe it’s just me but I refuse to eat anything that is stored  in something called an aseptic brick package.

My fat intake annually is somewhere in the neighborhood of the gross tonnage of an RV. My cholesterol goes up just watching Porky Pig cartoons and dogs follow me everywhere because they don’t know I’m not bacon. There are excellent medical reasons why this is not healthy but I will try to explain it in non-technical terms.

Once food travels through our digestive system it explodes. Like southern politicians at a coon supper the fat globules immediately congregate together. They sit there getting fatter and fatter, causing all sorts of trouble . . . uhh, the fat globules, not the politicians. In some instances the fat globules actually replace the brain. This is most evident in people who ever watched an entire episode of The Jerry Springer Show. Through a series of construction detours on their journey toward the heart, the fat globules finally reach the thoracic duct. If they stay  long enough to  form committees their only way out is through the Daffy Duct. But the real lesson about fat globules and cholesterol is that you never want to vote for any politician who would digest a coon.

As bad as all of this seems, there is something worse. It is those of us who have become spiritually fat and are not doing anything to lighten the load. We find ourselves in that condition by taking everything in and not giving anything out. The condition is usually caused by our lack of personal stewardship of time, gifts, and money. We need to take a detailed look at our spiritual diet. We need a healthy dose of serving God.

God has a place for each of us to serve. I Corinthians 12:7 says “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” (NLT) The problem is sometimes we become so spiritually fat from a lack of spiritual exercise that we begin to suffer from a hardening of the “oughteries.” We know what we ought to do and we don’t do it. James 4:17 says “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” When we reach that point the answer can only be found within ourselves, in communication with God, the Great Dietician. To put it simply . . .  all “oughteries” lead to the heart.

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