How Do You See It?
When you look at the facts, I’m a pretty lame person. I mean, I’ve got two huge things going against me.
- I’m a Christian
- I’m a person who tries to eat healthily
Everyone knows that Christians are always super lame. I mean, they aren’t allowed to do anything cool. They can’t do fun things most of the time because it’s against their morals. They just have to sit at home reading their bibles and praying. If they aren’t doing that, they’re probably at church listening to some terrible Christian music.
And let’s not even talk about those people who eat healthy food. While everyone else is eating pizza and cake they’re moping over a cup of low fat Greek yogurt. Wanna go out for burgers and beer? Don’t invite the healthy person. They’ll just drool over your food while they order a salad with low-fat dressing, low-fat cardboard flavored cheese, and a side of diet coke.
Wait a Minute…
That’s not my life at all. I spend almost all of my time doing things I love and eating things I love. So why does it seem like people are always assuming the worst?
I constantly have people asking me, “Can you eat this?” or “You can’t eat that, can you?”
Guess what? I can eat anything I want.
No, really….I could eat paper if I wanted to. Fortunately, I don’t.
I simply choose to not eat certain foods like wheat, processed junk, and refined sugar because I don’t like the way they make me feel or look when I do eat them.
One Tiny Word
Let’s change our perspective on some things. When it comes to my diet, I don’t have to do anything. I can eat whatever I want. I get to choose. By replacing have to with get to our whole perspective changes.
I don’t have to eat healthily I get to eat healthily. I am fortunate enough to live in a place where food is so abundant that I can choose to eat the most nutritious foods possible and say no to other foods that aren’t so great for me and will make me feel crappy.
Personally, I love every single thing I eat. If I don’t like it…I don’t waste my time eating it. Do you know how awesome that is? Eating is basically my favorite part of every single day.
If you’re wasting your time on some low-fat whole grain cardboard tasting processed junk, I can see how this might seem strange to you. However…if you stop that ridiculous diet and focus on whole, non-processed, real foods you’ll start to love eating as much as I do.
Sure, sometimes I skip out on eating cake and pizza while everyone else is chowing down but because I choose to only eat the most nutritious, delicious foods possible most of the time I don’t have to worry about my health, my weight, or my energy level. As long as I’m getting enough sleep and taking care of my body…pretty much everything else comes along with it. Not a bad trade off if you ask me.
You guys got this? Let’s try another one.
I don’t have to go to church and follow God’s commandments I get to go to church and follow God’s commandments. I get to serve a God who cared so much about us humans that he sent his only son to free us from sin.
I get to serve a God who wants me to enjoy my life so much that he straight up wrote a book that tells me that certain things are pretty much gonna turn out to be a bad time. I mean, think about the ten commandments. Can anything bad really come from following those? Yeah, it sucks to have some rules but when you think about it in the long run…it’s probably for the best.
Don’t tell my parents…but now that I’m older, I’m starting to realize that most of the restrictions my parents put on me when I was younger were a really good idea. Which is starting to make me think that, if my parent’s way was the right way…then God’s way is probably the right way as well.
And you know what? I get to choose. I get to serve a God who lets me do whatever I want.
Can’t versus Can
Another word that can easily change everything is can’t. If we’re constantly thinking about all of the things we can’t do it seems pretty depressing. Instead, what if you looked at it this way?
Instead of, “I can’t eat processed food.” how about, “I can eat processed food, but I choose not to because it makes me feel like crap.”
Instead of, “I can’t get super drunk with all my friends.” say, “I can get super drunk, but I choose not to because I’ll feel horrible the next day and probably make some dumb decisions that I’ll regret later.”
Make The Flip
By changing a few key words and focusing on why you’re making that choice, things seem completely different.
Next time you find yourself thinking about how you have to do something or can’t do something else…try making the switch and see how it affects the situation.
How else can we change our perspective on things? Let me know in the comments!