Cheeseburgers and Christian Music: What You Consume Matters

The similarities between your physical and spiritual habits

For a long time, I’ve written Christian things off as “cheesy.” Having grown up in the church and a Christian school, I felt like I was on a secret mission to show the world you can be cool and a Christian. I don’t want to wear a WWJD bracelet, I’m not going to have a Bible verse painted on my wall or on the notebook I use, I don’t listen to Christian music, and I totally understand all the pop culture references you're making. Watch out world, cool Christian coming through.

I love Jesus and want to show his power in my life, but that doesn’t mean I have to like all the Christian music and listen to all the podcasts, right? In the past few months, the Lord has been challenging me on what I’m consuming by comparing my physical body to my spiritual body, and it’s been changing my view on the Christian stuff I've avoided for so long.

I can remember the day it hit me. I had been married for three years, exchanged my active college lifestyle for a desk job, and lived right next to my favorite cheeseburger place. You guessed it: I gained some weight. I stepped on the scale and thought, Whoa!How did that happen? Yes, that sad day, I realized I couldn’t stay skinny and eat whatever I wanted. I had always known eating well was important, but I just liked cheeseburgers so much more than salads! It’s been a slow progression, but I’ve been learning about eating food that is good for me, even if it isn’t my first choice. When it comes to staying healthy, it seems like everyone is always on this big search to find a secret. Take this pill, buy this exercise tape, or try this 21-day plan! Friends, there really isn’t some huge secret. It always boils down to the basics: eat well and work out.

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