This living like Lazarus experiment has me thinking. When I read some of the blogs, I thought “Oh, be spontaneous – all I have to do is live like myself!” But as I dug deeper, I’m re-evaluating that statement.
Why? Well, Lazarus probably wasn’t just silly-spontaneous to celebrate his new life – I think he likely lived out a saying I’ve often quoted – “You only really believe as much as you activate.”
Then I reviewed a recent chat with one of my daughters who mainly said I care about you and want you to make some better choices (for eye health), then prayed for a friend the verse that says “Choose life.” Hmmm. As usual, God’s Word boomeranged right back at me and I realized if it is so evident that I need to make better choices for eye health, then I am not living what I’m preaching and praying – that every decision should be based on choosing life.
What will I regret a year from now if my sight goes faster if I chose a higher glycemic diet than is appropriate for my eye disease (well really appropriate for my all-over health)? Will I regret not having chocolate, ice cream, or creme brulee every chance I could? Or will I regret not choosing life for my eyes? I know the answer – it’s a bit obvious – and I’ve repented of my foolishness as well as making the necessary public (ouch) commitment that I must do this (give up sugar/change my diet ). The “funny” thing is that once I am off sugar for a couple of weeks I feel so wonderful inside I swear I’ll never go back again. But that first week or so is the killer for me.
Prayer and accountability will be appreciated and I hope that my dear friends and loved ones will feel free to ask how I am doing, will not offer me anything with refined sugar (in any form for 90 days) before I can reintroduce agave nectar depending on the glycemic reaction.
That’s my Live Like Lazarus decision for today – to reaffirm what I believe: I am alive in Christ, that through Him I have all resources needed for physical and spiritual life, and then really mean it – by activating my belief.
Psalm 145:18 GOD’S there, listening for all who pray,
for all who pray and mean it.