Today’s verse: 2 Corinthians 7:1 “Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.”
Life is a difficult road. At every turn we have to make decisions. Obviously the decisions we make will affect our life, sometimes in big ways and sometimes, not so big. But the decisions are important and we need to be wise in making them.
For all of us who are addicted to unhealthy life styles, it all began with us taking a wrong turn on the road somewhere. Why did we do this? We wanted to be skinnier, we wanted to be cool, we were hurting, we were angry, we did it because “everyone else does it”, or any number of reasons. But at some point we made a decision to do it, and to keep doing it, until it became ruler of our lives. Many young people today want to fit in, and they make decisions based on peer pressure. We all need to stand up and say no, and take the road less traveled.
I remember a time when a friend of mine had a son who made a bad decision in life. He took the wrong road and made a 30 second decision that sent him to jail for 9 years. He was 21 years old and it changed his life, for one bad decision. This is an extreme example but our decisions can directly affect our lives in ways we cannot imagine. We need to consider the consequences. We need to live healthy. We need to kick the habit of our addictions and stay on track.
Jesus is always there to help us. When we fall flat on our faces because we took the wrong road, we need to know that Jesus will not fail us. He may have some surprising turns for us in our life, but in the end He is our Rock. He will give us the strength to give up the bad habits and return to the righteous path, the road less traveled. Blessings to you today as you meditate on this wonderful Robert Frost poem:
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Healthy Living Recipe
Grilled Apple and Spinach Salad
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 1 1/4 lb. pork tenderloin, trimmed
2 medium Gala apples, cut into wedges
1 5 oz. package baby spinach leaves (washed and dried)
1 medium carrot, peeled
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup sugar snap peas, trimmed and cut in half
2 1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp canola oil
1 Tbsp. maple syrup
1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/8 tsp salt
Heat 2 Tbsp. canola oil over medium heat in large saucepan.
Place apples, cut side down in half of pan on medium heat. Place chicken or pork on other half of pan. Cook apples 3-6 minutes until crisp tender. Cook chicken 3-4 minutes per side or until internal temperature reaches 165° F. Cook pork 2-5 minutes per side or until internal temperature reaches 160° F. Remove apples and meat to cutting board and let rest while preparing salad.
Place spinach in large mixing bowl. Grate carrot in large strips over spinach. Add cranberries, snap peas and grilled apples.
Combine all dressing ingredients and whisk until blended. Drizzle half of the dressing over salad and toss gently.
Slice chicken or pork into thin slices. Drizzle other half of dressing over meat. Serve on a plate with salad.