As I was juicing today, on National Make A Beautiful Life Day, I looked in my sink right in the middle of it all and thought about the incredible correlation of juicing and “making a beautiful life”. We have a unique opportunity in our lives, TODAY! Each of our lives have been stripped and tossed and turned upside down, and now, as we begin to emerge from this pandemical pivot – we get to choose how we put it back together… do all the pieces go right back in place? Are we going to be more intentional, more selective of our time, commitments and energy? Are we praying for God’s guidance to lead our lives as we begin to solve this puzzle? It can come together as a delicious recipe of well-being, exhibiting the fruits of the spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. But it all starts with a cleanse:
I always start juicing with cleansing my produce – I soak it in ACV and baking soda to get all the crap and crud off. Makes me think of our our lives, as we should continually be self reflecting; cleansing our lives, evaluating our motivations, clearing our mind. Scripture talks a lot about it and this verse comes to mind: Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Isaiah 1:16
As a follower of Jesus – we should always be reflecting and reading the bible for correction and wisdom, while praying all along the way. We are sinners, each and every one of us – and God teaches us to confess our sins: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
Juicing is messy – as is the process of cleansing our hearts and our lives. Things emerge that we never knew were sins in our life. We are enlightened. We are convicted. We are made new… but the process is still very messy and as we shed the old away, a new emerges: let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22
I’ve been juicing for a few years now, and at first I absolutely hated the juicing process, although I loved the outcome. I endured the tediousness of it: it is an investment of time, and resources. But through the years, I have come to love the process; the preparing, shopping, cleansing, prepping, juicing and then… enjoying the fruits of my labor. The surge of vibrancy I experience while drinking a fresh juice I prepared is indescribable, but invigorating, nonetheless. Which makes me think of the word, discipline – it’s my “word” of the year, and I wish I had a better report, but I’m still striving for it: No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11
There are things in our life that we may not enjoy, but know it’s good for us, or we need it; proper nutrition, exercise, being financially responsible, working on difficult relationships, reading, laundry, and on and on and on…
As we begin to put the pieces of our lives together – let’s do the prep work, starting with an inventory… what do we have, what do we need? Let’s cleanse. Let’s put in the discipline of hard work and then we will all enjoy the peaceful fruit of righteousness. We have an opportunity to curate a beautiful life, what’s that look like to you?