July 20, 2023
Birthdays often mean cake. I don’t know about you, but I love cake. It isn’t one of the foods doctors normally recommend. As I have told my wife many times: there are foods that are good for the body; and there are foods that are good for the soul. Cake is one of the foods good for the soul. Doughnuts and cookies are also on my “soul food” list.
Often when we enjoy a piece of cake or some other dessert, feelings of guilt come upon us. We think we shouldn’t eat it, but we do. In Mark chapter 7, Jesus addresses food. At the time, many believed they were defiled by what they ate. Jesus explains that it’s not what goes into our bodies and into our stomachs that defiles us; it’s what comes out of our hearts that defiles us. He goes on and lists examples of those things that defile us.
What comes out of your heart that defiles you? You are not alone; we have all failed. Feelings of guilt and remorse may come upon you. Don’t forget something very important… Jesus died for all the things we do that defile us. It’s His free gift. What a great gift to have on your birthday!
’63 / ’79 Stewartville MN