I have a story to tell. It’s not just any story, rather a story of an ugly, mouth watering, disgusting truth that makes my stomach churn every time I think of it. This Millennial has at one point in her life fallen into the steady grip of the internets quick fixes on making your life significantly better, through the influence of the pinnacle of health himself: Dr. Oz. Oh yes, last year my housemates and I decided to take the Dr. Oz cleanse.
For those of you with innocent hearts and a non-working knowledge of the Dr. Oz cleanse - let me enlighten you -
The Dr. Oz cleanse is a three day cleanse created to eliminate harmful toxins in your body that promises a “healthy, better you!” at the expense of your wallet and all your dignity. During this cleanse you will decide that it’s a brilliant idea to only eat the most horrendous smoothies (which aren’t smooth AT ALL OZ) to have ever graced your taste buds, but take baths all the time and probably blog or instagram about it to let all your friends know how healthy you are. (If you’ve done this cleanse, may God bless you and keep you.)
Well the game stops here kids. I finally had enough. After spending way too much money and watching the rest of my housemates battle to the death to see who could last the longest, as they burned the inside of their esophaguses from all the cayenne pepper they ingested over the past 3 days - I quit after day one. Yeah world, I said it, I quit. Not only did I quit, but I quit proudly, so proudly it was annoying.
We all go to extreme measures and do really dumb stuff because we think it’s going to make us better people (right?) In reality, at the end of the day no one is going to care that you’re on a detox, that you spend 12hrs a week volunteering to pet chickens at an organic farm, or that you decided to make an Instagram post about how you’re not going to make anymore Instagram posts for the next week in order to “simplify.”
If you feel like your life and your relationship with God has gotten stale, then you haven’t been living every aspect of your life for Him. Because when we’re living out every part of our lives in the overflow, nothing about it should leave us wanting. So if you’re getting bored, tired, worn out - if you’re not feeling fulfilled - I urge you, take it to Him. Remove the clutter. Change things up. But for the love of all things good don’t be stupid and try to find fulfillment in the seemingly glamorous things of the world, in all it’s answers and step-by-step tutorials to a better you.
Here’s some practicals to walk away with:
Remove what distracts you.
Social Media, music, movies, texting and your negative talk is a great place to start. Next, spend all that time you would there in the Word. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2
Organize the mess.
Wind down the thoughts in your mind, put them in their place and see how much easier it is to breathe. “...bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” 2 Corinthians 10:5
Get over yourself.
What do you need to die to? Live out of that place. “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21
Stay true. Have a great week ya’ll. Don’t do anything too stupid (unless it will make a good story later, then maybe mull it over.)
2nd Year Student Blogger