Food For Thought.

Food For Thought.

When I think of today’s Daily Post Word Of The Day, Fork, my thoughts veer off in two directions. Just like a fork in a road, I think of the journey and all the forks that can rise up to meet us, and I think of the untensil used to eat foods. 

Both of these forks can be nourishing in different ways when used properly. A fork in the road of life can give us new direction. As Led Zepplin said, “There’s still time to change the road you’re on.” Over the past five years I have often wondered if I am on the right road. Walmart was never meant to become a career for me, yet here I am five and a half years later and every opportunity I have tried to capture has died. 

As my dad says, ‘Grow where you are planted.’ He also says, ‘Growth happens in the valleys.’ So if you feel you have taken the wrong fork, or are trying to come to a new fork, stay the course. God has a way of working out blessings no matter what forks we take. 

For example, if I had left WALMART and opted for a different career, I probably would not have stayed in the small town we are in. I say ‘we’ because now for the rest of my life I am a we. My wife and I are on one journey together, no matter what forks come up. And without staying at Walmart that wouldn’t have happened. She was a very pleasant surprise on this fork in the road. 

The other fork I wish to talk about today is the fork of nourishment. Forks feed us. They bring fruits and meats to our mouths. I wouldn’t recommend soup with a fork though. I also wouldn’t recommend any soup that isn’t home-made. We need to retrain our brains and our forks to eat like the majority of the world still does- Healthy!! 

Somewhere over the past 40-50 years America has entered the fast food nation. We like everything on the go. We have put down our forks for hand-held, preservative rich hamburgers and fries– Finger Foods. 

I was made aware of my own fork habits this past few days. I have an ongoing battle with cellulitis and I can’t help but wonder if my own eating habits are mostly to blame. The doctor told me during my hospital stay that cellulitis is like asthma or pneumonia, once you get it, it is in there and will continue to flare up whenever it wants. Bah!! Talk about an unexpected fork in the road, possibly due to my own fork habits!! 

So, cleansing it is. Fruits. Vegetables. Fresh, lean meats. I admit, this morning I did sneak a Dr. Pepper and some peanut m & m’s, but hey, I’m only human, right? I am going to do everything I can to hold to it now. That’s why I confessed it here. Now, the whole world can hold me accountable to my fork actions. 

One final story I wish to share with you all about forks. The year was sometime around 1988, maybe it was 1987. I was 11 or 12 years old and our family was around the dinner table. If memory serves, which it often doesn’t these days, my parents were talking about taking my younger brother to one of our local small towns for ice cream, or to run an errand. I remember that I was not going to be included in this trip, so with as much gusto as I could muster, I said, ‘This is where I put the fork down!!’ because I wanted to go too! Sadly, now at 234 pounds I have picked that fork back up too many times!! 

Well, here we are at another fork in the road. I am a blogger. The entire world has access to my words. As one world, all nations, under God, will you all join me and say, ‘This is where we put the unhealthy food and forks down!!’ My friends, we were created to be so much more than we have become. But we will only see our true potential when we first seek Him who gave us that potential. He and He alone will rise us to potentials we have never dreamed of if only we seek Him first. 

Seek Ye first the Kingdom Of God, and His righteousness. And all these things shall be added unto you.’ 

Matthew 6:33 

He wants to add blessings and years into us, not pounds. And when we seek Him, He will make every fork that comes up in our journey and on our plates a blessing. 

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Two People And A Horse Are In A Starbucks

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Fill In the Blank.”

Actually, it wasn’t a bar, it was a Starbucks. Three people walked into a Starbucks and ordered their Starbucks beverage of choice, there are MANY to choose from. And they drank their drinks, and they laughed and made memories with one another, as well as the other patrons. They did this for hours upon hours. They shared laughs and love and compassion. No one was judged because they didn’t say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays or Happy Hannukah. They just laughed and loved like the world is supposed to be. They didn’t get worked up by big things. They didn’t get worked up by small, petty things. They just created relationships and showed love to one another. Is that too much to ask in today’s world?

A Different Flavor Every D

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “32 Flavors.”

I am 32 different flavors all within myself! Very few people ever get to see every side of me. May God bless my wife, because in the four years we have been together, she has seen most of them!!

I took this prompt to an entirely different road than I intended. I wanted to talk about Rocky Road! My ultimate ice cream. But, in all seriousness, I like ice cream so much and I have different cravings for many different flavors. Rocky Road, Mint Chocolate Chip, Cookies N’ Cream, Neopolitan, chocolate, Strawberry, and then, there’s the blank canvas days! The days of Vanilla!! Vanilla allows me to be creative. What do I want on it? Or do I just want it plain? Do I stir it up into a melty froth? Or eat it while still frozen?

Life is like that. It has varieties. Some we like and still others we don’t like. What do we do on those days we want chocolate, but only vanilla is on the menu? We doctor it up ourselves and make the most of it!

We all live in the same ice cream shop, planet Earth. But, we don’t all have access to the same flavors. Imagine if we all shared all of our flavors, good and bad. There may be someone out there who can benefit from the sharing, maybe we all could.