Eat this, not that. Eat this and you’ll be healthier. Eat this and it will help you with whatever. So much advice out there to help us eat what is healthy and avoid what is unhealthy.
That’s for our body. What about our heart, mind, emotions, and attitudes? What do we feed them?
Do you feed an Eve attitude?
God designed an opulent home for earth’s first inhabitant, Mr. Original. And later, Mrs. Original would enjoy it with him.
God gave the newlyweds a sapphire canopy for a roof and a flaming chandelier of light and warmth for day and a night-light to illumine their path at night.
The windows of heaven continually blew fresh breezes. The tree of life spread out its limbs of shade for a cool respite in the afternoon.
The tree branches bowed to the ground under the ample supply of succulent, ripe fruit. For man’s drinking pleasure, crystalline water gushed forth from the center of the garden, meandering around its perimeter and forming four fluent tributaries, as a continual current of bubbly refreshment.
God gave them everything for their pleasure and needs. But God had a warning for Adam (before there was a Mrs. Original to sway him otherwise), “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.” (Gen. 2:16-17 NLT)
One day, the sneaky serpent slithered through the grass into the shade of the no-no tree, crept up close to Eve, and, with his hissing whispers, enticed her, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” (Gen. 3:1 NLT)
She countered, stating all that she could have and couldn’t have, adding her own touch to God’s Word. But “She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her.” (Gen. 3:6a NLT) She focused on the one thing she didn’t have, succumbing to and eating of the serpent’s lie.
How many times are we like Mrs. Original, being outrageously blessed, having so much for which we should be thankful, and yet, like Eve, we forget it all and focus on the negative?
We become dissatisfied with what we have or don’t have or comparing ourselves with others, and we listen to the whispers of the enemy: You aren’t good enough or talented enough. You don’t have a nice enough house or good enough job. Your kids aren’t as smart as the neighbor’s kids. Your husband isn’t as attentive as your best friend’s husband. You’re not as pretty or as thin as that model. And we continue to fall for the enemy’s lies!
We allow social media to feed us negative thoughts and attitudes, because we see only Photoshopped lives. Cut and paste. The best stuff. We think the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence but it’s just that someone spray painted the grass green! We don’t see the rest of the story, the hurt and anguish that go on in others’ lives behind closed doors.
What are we gulping down from social media that shapes our attitudes? Do we go as far as Eve, succumbing to temptation because we focus on what we can’t have or on comparing ourselves with others?
Do you have an Eve attitude? If so, feed yourself some truths. Feed on God’s Word. Tell yourself that the Lord delights in you with gladness and rejoices over you with joyful songs. (Ps. 149:4 NLT, Zeph. 3:17 NLT) That He delights in your beauty and rejoices over you as His bride. (Ps. 45:11 NLT, Is. 62:5b NKJV)