Just a little thought for the day:
Not too long ago, my (painfully shy ; ) little girl went up to a Priest she had just met and presented him with a question: "Is it proper for me to play with toys while I'm in Church?"
The Priest gave her a very nice kid-sized talk about the joys of praying and being with God. And how when she looks at her toys, she should use them to focus on God. He never once forbade her toys, or told her she shouldn't play with them - only that there were so many MORE DESIRABLE things to do in Church - like praying!
I said, "Well, you're much more diplomatic than Mommy is!"
The Priest replied, "When we think about Christ, we are always looking at Christ. When we think about the things we shouldn't do, we spend all of our time looking at - and thinking about - what is forbidden. And when we do that, we have our backs to Christ."
I was struck by his wisdom! Since our Orthodox Priests marry and have children, I thought to myself that he had probably used this gem with his own kids many times.
It was a great reminder for me, too - in all aspects of life.
In our Spiritual life (which is much more important than our physical health, or diet, or academic or financial life - or any other earthly thing), keeping our minds on Christ is the only way to go. Focusing on the "shouldn'ts" of life will take our eyes away from Christ. Likewise, focusing on the enemies of Christ, or the sins of others, or the worldly political happenings of the day will keep us off-center. If we focus on Christ and Loving Him, all else will fall into place.
Similarly, in the much less important, but still valuable realm of health & diet, keeping our eyes on that food we feel is forbidden will only make us focus on it, and will generally make us want that food more. Keeping our eyes on delicious, healthy, plant based, whole foods that make us feel good will help us enjoy them more, and want other foods less.
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