A Theology/Philosophy of Food – Part 2

Here are some final thoughts on food. I was thinking I would create one or two more separate posts, but it turns out that daily life doesn’t present me with much time or motivation for a lot of writing! So here is a hodgepodge of other diet/food related thoughts.

We are created to serve God by serving our neighbors. Does my body prevent me from doing my duty? What are the specific tasks that I must do?

Personally, I am a homeschooling mom with 4 children ages 6, 4, 3, and 1. I need to feed them, clothe them, teach them, and then have time and energy in the day to also try to be nice to my hard-working husband. To fulfill these tasks I need to be able to move around freely, bend over, lift moderately heavy items, and occasionally sprint towards a straying toddler or dog.

I also need to be able to change diapers, lift and pour pots and milk jugs, and sew buttons back on clothing. Those small handiwork tasks have proven to be more difficult over the years because I developed carpal tunnel syndrome and so I have numbness issues in my hands. I am definitely not as thin as I used to be, but I am perfectly capable of completing those larger full-body tasks. What I eat and the fact that I don’t workout is not keeping me from fulfilling the tasks that God has set before me. If they were then I would need to change what I could so that I could do my vocation. I am sure that I would do my tasks more cheerfully if I got more sleep, but unfortunately that factor is out of my control. Just ask my youngest.

For some of us, some things truly ARE harmful for our bodies. Those with certain diseases, allergies, and sensitivities should not eat what could make them sick. However, just because some people are lactose or gluten intolerant, or allergic to peanuts or shellfish, or have Crohn’s or diabetes, doesn’t mean every single one of us must be restricted to what are better food choices for those specific people.

We also should not get caught up in the idea that what we will eat will extend our lifetimes or make us better people. Only God knows the span of our days and how long we will live. We could have the healthiest bodies but still die young from accident or tragedy. We certainly cannot view our health, diet, and exercise habits as an insurance policy against death. Also, skinny does not equal healthy. Many people with chronic health problems are skinny, and unhealthily so, and so are some people that have had organ transplants.

With modern medicine even overweight people have been able to live long and relatively healthy lives. Disease and poor health are often a sign of old age regardless of body size. Spending time and effort to perfect our body image is usually no more than turning the body and its appearance into an idol.

God gave us bodies designed to work and serve. If our choices have made those bodies ineffective at work, we have sinned. If we are constantly striving to make our bodies look and feel better based on societal assumptions of beauty, we have sinned. Let’s strive for the happy medium of caring for God’s good creation of our bodies insofar that we can gladly do the tasks He gives us, for there is always work to do.

Review: Who Was King Tut?

Who Was King Tut?
Who Was King Tut? by Roberta Edwards
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first “Who Was…” book that we’ve read. If the other books in the series are similar then I think we would enjoy them.

This particular book tells about Ancient Egypt and the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. It has interesting illustrations that look hand-drawn. The book is broken down into chapters of reasonable length. An elementary school age child could read these books on his own if he is a pretty good reader.

I look forward to reading more from the “Who Was…” series with my children.

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Review: The Story of King Arthur & His Knights

The Story of King Arthur & His Knights
The Story of King Arthur & His Knights by Tania Zamorsky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book provided a good introduction to King Arthur and stories and him and the Knights of the Round Table. The knights are noble men of courage and honor. The moral at the end of the book is fabulous and provides a good teaching tool for encouraging your children to do their work even when the task is unappealing.

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