One time I went to the store to buy a new suit, and the guy with the tape around his neck was trying to help.
I said, “I want to see something in an athletic cut.”
He looked puzzled. “Why?”
A little miffed, I fired back, “Because whenever I buy a suit the athletic cut pants are the only ones that fit.”
He tried to gather himself and be graceful. “I’m not sure ‘athletic cut’ is exactly what you need right now.”
So I went on a diet.
I hate diets for two reasons. First, its nothing but controlled starvation, which is no fun for anybody.. And second, I don’t like all the contradictory information.
One fellow says the secret is eating only protein, low carbs. The other guru says you have to cut the protein and stay off the fats. Get on the carbs. Get off the carbs. One couple I read said, “The secret is never eat proteins and carbs in the same meal.” The pretty girl on television promises I will lose 15 pounds if I’ll drink her chocolate shakes. One fellow told me he lost 30 pounds by eating a lot of jalapeno peppers. I have a friend who went on this weird diet where he only ate cabbage soup. He kept a big pot of it on the stove. The stuff looked like it was dipped from a Louisiana swamp. I thought, “Man if that’s all I could eat I guarantee I would lose weight.” After about two weeks he had to give it up. His wife said he was starting to smell like a cabbage.
One new diet is to eat like French women since French women are never fat. What does that even mean?
I want a definitive word. Just tell me what to do and I’ll try to do it. Is it carbs, is it protein, is it calories? What is it?
I got to thinking of how life can be like living on a diet. The air around us is teeming with the latest fad opinions and slick sounding advice. Popular sirens fill our heads with often contradictory and conflicting counsel about what we should value and how we should live. It can be pretty frustrating. How do we get by? What do we tell our children? Who is right?
I don’t know the answer to dieting, but I do know the answers to life. God gave us a definitive word in this Bible.
(2 Timothy 3:16) All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
Inspired means “God breathed.” The bible is the definitive word for this confusing life.