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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Lactose Intolerance

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
When our second born became dramatically ill after each bottle, our pediatrician revealed to us that she was likely lactose intolerant. It was a simple fix; we changed her formula and she - and we - were all better.

Not being able to drink milk has never seemed to be a problem; she loves her soy alternative. However, as she has gotten older, ice cream has become an issue. All of her friends and sister enjoy it, but she can’t. It looks good and it tastes even better, but the after-effects are painful. Each time she indulges, she hurts and is sick for a while.
Catheryn has gotten used to this and sometimes she decides to have the ice cream knowing the pain will come.  She is old enough to make the decision, so we allow her to decide - to make a choice. 
As Christians, we also get to make decisions and choices daily. It is called free will...

Some choices are hard to make; and, some decisions are easy because what is good for us is also what we want. However, there are other scenarios that are not so easy for us. It looks good,  and we believe it will be fun. This is similar to being tempted to sin. If sin were not fun, at least momentarily, we would not be so tempted.

God allows us to decide. We don’t even have to choose him at all. Similarly, if we choose to follow Christ, we don’t have to always do what he says. He allows us to decide - to make a choice. Just as we allow our daughter to choose. However, like our daughter, when we choose temporary pleasure over what is God’s perfect plan for our bodies and lives, we will suffer the consequences. God did not design and deliver boundaries to punish or deprive us of some secret pleasures. He gave us boundaries to protect us so that we may live life to its fullest advantage.  Jesus said: “...I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Jesus gave us safety zones where he plans for us to operate, but we are not forced to reside there.

Satan makes it seem as though we are really missing out when we choose to stay within our God-designed, safe havens; but nothing could be further from the truth. Actually, in the same verse from above (John 10:10), Jesus also reminds us that “The thief (Satan) comes to steal, kill and destroy…” Satan operates most effectively when he hides his scandalous schemes for our pain and destruction behind something that appears to be a sweet treat such as the ice cream for my daughter.  She knows it is delicious, but disaster and pain await her. She knows the end result even before she decides to eat the ice cream. We, too, should know. God left a clear blueprint for what is safe and unsafe for us in his Holy Word, The Bible. It is, after all, his love letter to us. It tells of his love and sacrifice, salvation and the safety that can be ours when we choose to live life to its fullest under the care and protection of the Most High.

What hard decision do you need to make right now?

What steps will you take to make the right decision?

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For more about Relevant Women -

The purpose of Relevant Women:
Relevant Women exists to train women to minister relevantly, to discover and grow in God’s call in their lives and to serve in their churches as godly leaders.

RW accomplishes this by:
•Teaching life changing truth
•Building significant relationships
•Practicing spiritual disciplines
•Defining our personal stories
•Developing our personal ministry

At Relevant Ministry, our vision is to equip leaders to minister relevantly in churches that will be healthy and thriving.

Our mission, to fulfill this vision, is training future leaders - building healthy ministries - and serving on the Gulf Coast. 

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