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"Lujuria / Lust: Pecado Original" by Gabriel S. Delgado C. is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.

“Lujuria / Lust: Pecado Original” by Gabriel S. Delgado

There’s a lot of really great food in the world.

I love tasty food. I like to taste food. I regularly feel like I shouldn’t go quite as long between meals as I do, because I’m sure to miss out on something. My belt, however, is telling me that I haven’t been balancing my meals out with enough exercise lately. Apparently, I’m in the majority in the United States.

Sure, I snack, but it’s because I can’t concentrate well if I don’t. I drink a good amount of coffee, because it’s important to my productivity as well. I’m not addicted to these things, however, so they aren’t really necessary, I just like them. I indulge in an occasional alcoholic beverage, but I avoid milk like the plague. That stuff’s bad for my stomach, seriously. I’ve been a happier person since I stopped drinking it. Well, mostly stopped, I do like the taste of cereal every once in a while. I was told a while back that you could never put as much sugar on your corn flakes as they have in the sugary varieties, so I do that, rather than buy the really color rich kid cereals. I’m an adult, after all. Don’t get me started on office snacks, it’s not my fault we have those cheesballs in such large quantity in there… or that I don’t bring my own lunch very often.

Point is, I know what my mouth’s for. It’s for tasting stuff. Well, that and chewing on stuff, like my pens, and maybe my nail beds (nervous habits die hard.) Straws are a relentless target, for sure, and who can resist crunching ice every now and again time I get a fountain drink? These things are fine, surely they don’t do as much damage as my dentist tells me.
The most important reason to eat is for the taste.

Get Back Up

Before you read on, I want you to acknowledge the fact that you are not perfect.

Hosea is quickly becoming my favorite prophet. There are a myriad of little gems hidden inside his writing and today is no exception. After expounding on Ephraim’s turn away from idols (a great deal of the prophet’s life is spent on idolatry and matched up with Hosea’s own unfaithful wife) we are offered this statement:

Let him who is wise understand these things;
let him who is prudent know them.
Straight are the paths of the LORD,
in them the just walk,
but sinners stumble in them.

Now a lot of people will read this and feel righteous. They’ll feel like life is great for those who follow the Lord. They’ll feel like things are going to be ‘okay’ if they just┬ábelieve in God. This is wrong. Worldly prosperity is no part of God’s plan. No part.

Read that passage again and think back to the first thing I called you to acknowledge. Now, are you walking God’s path, or stumbling through it? Understand, you aren’t going to walk the whole way along God’s path. Even if you did, it wouldn’t look like success to the world, remember the only just person to ever walk the path ended up a man condemned to die.

Stumbling isn’t the problem. Staying down is. Truly successful people have understood that for ages. To succeed at God’s path, doesn’t mean every step is a victory. It just means you will continue to get up and follow it to the end.