• Dra. Joy

THE TASTE OF LIFE

Are you a good cook? Or you don't know how to cook but love to eat anything and everything? Are your taste buds working overtime whenever you see that display of mouth-watering food in an eat-all-you can buffet? Whenever you watch cooking shows and even competitions like “Master chef” and “My Kitchen Rules,” you’ll be amazed at how simple ingredients can turn into a great gourmet dish or an unpalatable one with a dash or two of salt and pepper or other seasoning added to taste. Life is a like a great feast if you have the right menu. SPIRITUAL LIFE For starters, you need a good relationship with God. Prayer is your means of communication with Him. It is a very personal one. You grow in your spiritual life when you start your day with a prayer of thanksgiving for a brand-new day to adore Him, glorify Him, praise Him and Worship Him in everything you think, say and do. You can also read scriptures that will help you in your healing. When Hezekiah was mortally ill, the Lord told Isaiah from Isaiah 38:5, “…I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you.” Another Bible Quote came from Mark 6:31 when Jesus said: “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” When you embrace a good spiritual life, and start to surrender everything to God, He will provide for all your needs in a way that is best for you. He will whet your appetite to strive for the things that He has prepared for you as stated in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” You just need to trust HIM.

PHYSICAL LIFE Next in the entree is your physical make up. What do you put inside your body? The salad with organic lettuce, carrots, turnip, bell pepper, tomatoes, walnuts, raisins and a healthy dressing like balsamic vinegar will be the perfect mixture instead of the caloric laden one. This can be followed by a main entrée of rice and fish or lean meat. If you draw a plate, it should be divided into these: ½ for the vegetables, ¼ for the rice and the remaining ¼ for meat or fish with a single serving of fruit. Any food or drink that you imbibe becomes a part of you. The excess sugar and fat add to the flab in your belly and thigh, especially if you fail to move them by being a couch potato. You need to exercise 30-45 minutes 3-5x a week to burn those unwanted calories. INTELLECTUAL LIFE No meal is complete without dessert which is supposed to wake up your mind and stimulate your senses. If you were to choose from a long table of sweet stuff like mini cakes, ice cream of different flavors, merengue, pastries or fresh fruits, which will pick you for dessert? In the same manner, you can choose the thoughts you put inside your head based on what books you read, what shows you watch and what radio station you listen to.

CASH FLOW After a hearty meal, can you afford to leave a tip that bespeaks your satisfaction or will you become stingy? Traditionally, you give 10% of your total bill. However, you may decide to give more or less depending on your mood. But, do you give because you just want to impress especially when you eat inside a 5-star hotel? If the latter is your reason, then your lifestyle is just putting a hole in your pocket. You have to save enough to cover for emergencies. This involves cutting down on unnecessary expenses like an expensive meal which may not even be healthy. Learn to S.I.T. Save 10 %, invest 10 -20% and, tithe 10 %. Then, live on 60-70% of your income. EMOTIONAL and SOCIAL LIFE Many are fond of asking for a doggie bag even if there is no dog in the house especially when there are left overs. Will you be able to share them at home with the rest of the family and continue to enjoy the feast? Will you choose to leave them to waste because you're shy to take them away? Why not give them to the next beggar or malnourished child you meet in the street. Your ministry starts in your home and can extend to your neighbor in need. The taste of life is like the S.P.I.C.E.S. (Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Cash flow, Emotional, Social). You need a little dash of everything to strike a balance and end up with a delicious meal, i.e., a healthier you. What do you think about this?


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