Today’s verse: Ecclesiastes 3: 11 Everything is made beautiful in His time.
Sometimes when we are hurting, or when we engage in activities that hurt us, we wonder if we will ever be free from this hurt. We wonder how we can go on, and we just want to throw in the towel and give up. But that doesn’t solve the problem.
I once had a friend who began to gain weight, serious weight. He tried dieting some, but continued to eat and to gain weight. At some point, he realized that he was fat, really fat. And rather than try to correct it, he just ate whatever he wanted, because, as he said, “What the hell, I’m already fat, so I might as well just eat anything I want”. This is a defeatist attitude. It’s the same attitude that I’ve heard from smokers, saying “Well I’m going to die from something, so it might as well be lung cancer”.
We cannot take these defeatist attitudes towards our health. We must realize that we need to take care of our bodies and ourselves. We need to give up unhealthy habits and we can do it. It might take a month, a year, or even years to reach our point of success, but if we stick to it, we will get there. It will not be an easy road. It will require strength and discipline. There are thousands of programs to help, but what it really requires is a total lifestyle change, and an iron will to stick to the change. We will get where we need to be, all in good time.
I sometimes listen to Joel Osteen on TV. He is very uplifting, always smiling, and always has a positive message. He is one of the most successful preachers on TV. But if I really listen to him, his message says that if you do good works and pray hard and believe, God will give you good things and make good things happen to you. Is this really the message that God sends? In the Bible, lots of people did good things and still suffered (think Job and Paul). God works in His own time and in his own way. He has a plan for all of us. We must not give up in times of trouble. We must not lose faith. We must not believe that if only we did better, or tried harder that God would love us more or help us more. The fact is that God loves us in spite of ourselves. All he asks if for us to believe. He will take care of the rest, all in his time. Blessings to all!
Today’s Healthy Living Recipe
Balsamic Roasted Chicken and Vegetables
4 small skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 cups sliced zucchini
3 cups sliced yellow summer squash
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup snipped fresh basil
3 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 425° F. Place chicken breast halves in 2 quart baking dish. Drizzle with 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar and 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.
Place the zucchini, summer squash, and garlic in a separate large shallow baking pan.
Drizzle with the remaining 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar and 1 Tbsp. olive oil; toss to coat.
Spread vegetables in even layer.
Roast chicken and vegetables, uncovered for about 20 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink (about 165° F) and vegetables are tender, stirring vegetables once halfway through cooking time.
Place chicken and veggies on a serving plate. Spring vegetables with basil and cheese. Serve with garlic toast.