Good afternoon everyone!
Life (as usual) has picked up its pace for me, thus the extended absence. God has been challenging so many areas of life for me in this last week - it's been wonderful! It was very encouraging for me to come back and see all of you faithfully praying for one another and lifting each other up - the body of Christ is truly amazing.
School is starting up for me this week. It's been challenging, mostly emotionally, with maintaining my dietary lifestyle with more and more of my fellow students coming back. I thoroughly enjoy this style of eating and I am not one to compromise on what I know to be true, so that isn't the issue. What has been tough is finding the balance between staying true to what I know is right and not offending a fellow brother or sister. I don't want my choice of (dietary) lifestyle to negatively influence a relationship with my family in Christ. However, I know God is faithful and He will continue to guide my step - I simply need to recognize that my flesh has been crucified and that it is Christ's life living through me. Balance and discernment are two things I could use prayer for.
Again, it's wonderful to see how everyone is doing, I will continue to lift each of you up in prayer. I'm so encouraged that we can utilize the body of Christ like this across the world from one another.
Your brother in Christ,
It is nice to read the other posts here too and I am grateful for our prayer connections!
Matt, you have written about the challenges that face all Christians since all of us should seek balance and discernment. For those of us who try to eat first for health, we have our own special challenges.
As I sit here with my big hot bowl of carrots, green peppers, snow peas and leafy greens (the main course for breakfast), I am thinking about your post.
I share all of your concerns about wanting to prioritize properly, maintain the right balance and not say or do anything to offend another person in regard to diet or anything else. Another issue for me is that when I sit down to eat with others I do not want to spend much time talking about food but too often we do since my diet is so strange. I would like to talk about more important matters (Colossians 3.1-3)!
Historically, however, if you think about centuries and not just about recent history, it is good to ask who is really eating a weird/strange/extreme/dangerous diet. Dr. McDougall has indicated that the starch based whole foods vegan (or almost vegan) diet is the diet that most people followed until the 20th century. So when we follow his guidance, we are eating a traditional diet that can be credited with providing good nutrition for billions of people for many centuries.
So whether we really want to talk much about it or not, we probably will since people think we are weird. Perhaps if we could just quickly sum up what we are doing (eating very much as our well nourished ancestors ate for hundreds of years before all of the "advances" in food processing and trying to eat for health) we could then move to another (more important) subject. With few exceptions I am not interested in "converting" people to this way of eating since I think very few are ready for that but I would like them to know why I eat this way and not think I am just strange or gullible!
So what I am saying (as I enjoy my hot veggies) is that I have not figured all of this out either. Let us pray for wisdom and focus first on the kingdom.
"5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the LORD; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does." (James 1, NIV)
"17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere." (James 3, NIV)