This morning I stocked my desk with good snackage to prepare for a good week. A lot of times the choices I make are due to no or bad choices because I didn’t prepare. After a weekend of eating stuff that wasn’t really good for me… it was subway on the way home and water and tea for me! This morning I had a yummy oatmeal, a good way to start your day.
But filling ourselves with good stuff isn’t always the answer. Sometimes we have to remove the things that are toxic in our lives. This weekend a dear friend who was concerned for me helped me see that there was someone in my life who makes me sick because they are toxic.
They are the aspartame of our lives. Sometimes we think this person has this good quality or that good quality, they are “sweet” in our lives, however, they are toxic poison – just like aspartame, only we don’t realize they are making us sick.
We need to not only fill ourselves up with good things and people who love us, but we need to remove the bad stuff from our lives as well. People who are toxic in our lives make us sick, and I don’t want to be sick anymore, I want to live a crazy love-inspiring life, and that is hard to do if I am second guessing myself, or reading bad press about myself. I never want to be too full of myself, I want to always know that all my good qualities and beauty are directly from the heart of God but I do want to see myself the way God (and others) sees me.
Phil 4:8-9 (msg) Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.