FaithSpring’s 40-day Lent Challenge 2019: Wednesday, March 13
Today’s challenge is going to be easy for adults if they don’t use tobacco products, don’t consume alcoholic beverages, or don’t abuse drugs or chemicals of any kind. For kids, today’s challenge is going to be easy as long as they don’t consume any unhealthy foods or beverages. If you don’t fit the above definition, you get the day off (but keep reading, just in case.). For all others, it’s going to be a difficult day. (Don’t nitpick the challenge. If your medical or physical condition requires medication/consumption of some kind, by all means, follow your prescription!)
Okay, now that the disclaimer is out of the way, try this on for size: God needs us to be smart with our health. Smoking and tobacco products are an easy target because we have so much long-term research to backup our claims, but we must also consider all the unhealthy things that we invite into our bodies. Alcohol, drugs, and vapes might begin as stress relief, but this can lead to all kinds of problems. Sugars, caffeine, and deep-fried twinkies can also fall into the category of “contaminant”, so don’t let yourself off the hook yet. Everyone is consuming at least one unhealthy thing each day, so if you’re still stumped, just give up the obvious one (Just one thing today!).
God created the tobacco plant, sugar cane, caffeine, grapes that can be fermented, and the ingredients contained in most drugs. But that doesn’t make it okay for us to abuse them. In fact, it gives us more incentive to avoid them (in their unhealthy form). When we avoid things that cause us harm, we show God that we care about His world and our bodies.
Do something big for God today! Say “No” to Smoking or Contaminants!
“The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.But the Lord God warned him, ‘You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.’” (Genesis 2:9, 15-17, NLT)