“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!” How many times have we heard that and how many times have you said it? And yet we still fall for the same old sales pitches time and time again, especially when it comes to our health. We are a “quick fix” society that desperately wants to believe in a quick solution to our problems. I don’t know how many times I have been asked about the validity of the latest fad or magic potion being sold by discount department stores to lose weight or heal a disease. I am not sure why people ever put their hope in a solution for weight loss or to overcome a disease from such a product. Are people that desperate to avoid good old-fashioned hard work and discipline? Because that is precisely what it takes to restore your health.
I like this parable from the book of Luke, 8:13 – “Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.” It seems to me that Jesus was referring to those with little patience, once the initial “feel good” wore off, they were back to their old ways. They probably wanted a “quick fix.”
Andre Goy, M.D., chief physician of Hackensack Meridian Health’s John Theurer Cancer Center in New Jersey, blames a “reliance on convenience” for many Americans’ poor diets and increasing cancer rates. (1)
That’s a pretty bold (and in my opinion, accurate), statement from a conventional medicine oncology doc.
In the same news article, according to a Gallup poll, Americans ate only an average of 8.2 meals at home each week — an historic low. Dr. Goy goes on to say:
“Statistics like this could contribute to the increase in cancer among young adults. The biggest problem in the American diet is a reliance on convenience rather than home cooking,” he told Fox News Digital. “As a result, we eat too many processed foods.”
Work smarter, not harder is not the same thing as taking short-cuts. Short-cuts never seem to fair well. In fact, short-cuts usually lead to the end result we were ultimately trying to achieve, taking longer than if we had done it right the first time.
Let’s take Dr. Goy’s observation that too many Americans rely on convenience foods, packaged and processed foods, instead of cooking real foods – the foods God made for us, not the foods man made for us – causing an increase in cancer! And he certainly is not the only one making this observation. Probably 99% of Functional Medicine practitioners have been saying the same thing for years. What more will it take for us to finally be honest with ourselves, and with God, and admit, that we have been pursuing the wrong “god.” The god of convenience. If God did not intend for us to eat real food – food that He made and put here on this earth for us to nourish our bodies with – then why did He even bother?
And we have only been talking about short-cuts with our diet. What about other short-cuts we have become accustomed to taking: a quick text rather than a “front porch chat?” A quick prayer on Sunday and think “that should satisfy God for another week?” A stuffing of our emotional hurts, rather than dealing with them? A quick purchase of a lottery ticket until the next government check arrives? Complacency.
What Does God Say About Complacency?
There are so many more words from God regarding this, but honestly, it was making my heart ache to list any more – for I too can be complacent at times.
But God is the Healer and He is the Giver of all time and all things. We are not being very good stewards when we attempt to take short-cuts with what He has given us the mandate to steward well.
There is no shortcut—no magic pill, potion, shot, surgery, or even food. If there were, don’t you think we would all be healthy and thin by now? The fact of the matter is good health takes time, commitment, and effort from you and you alone—only you can do it for you.
Patience is also lacking when it comes to restoring health. Most people don’t want to wait for anything these days; we are living in a “microwave society” which literally and figuratively causes disease, not cures it.
I encourage you to do a self-assessment – now. What areas of your life have you been “microwaving?” Will you commit to making a change for the better? Start being the “tortoise” and not the “hare” and stop taking short-cuts. God will bless you for it.
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