Stop Feeding Me Trash

I love to eat food!

Anybody else out there agree with me? Do you love food too?

But here’s the deal…Because of some issues that we’ve had recently…Our family has made the decision to go gluten free.

Now…We are doing this for our son. And it’s already making a difference, I’m glad to report.
But that’s not really the focus here…The thing that really gets me about being gluten free is that you have to constantly search the label of everything you purchase looking for “hidden ingredients” that may cause potential harm.
Even the so called “gluten free” products hold the possibility of cross contamination.
Until a few weeks ago…I really never considered how difficult it would be to go gluten free.

We know that eating healthy is good for our body…but…When it comes to your family…What are you feeding your family’s spirit? What does it take to raise a great family?

You are trying your best to raise a great family. You want them to know love, acceptance, confidence, strength, and character…and most of all Jesus.

Everywhere you go, you are making “purchases” in life.
  • You purchase money with time.
  • You purchase credibility with trust.
  • You purchase character with discipline.
But what about those “purchases” that you see everyone else making for their family? Sometimes we see the crowd find a new “product” and it looks great.
Some families seem to benefit once they start using the new “product”.

Here’s a word of advice when it comes to making decisions for your family based on the cultural norms…Always check your families new “product” (decision, change, direction), for hidden ingredients.


Here’s what I’m saying…

Some things that look like a good move for your family aren’t. There are hidden ingredients contained in the move. These hidden ingredients hold the potential to harm your family’s health and well being.

  • Not every opportunity is a great opportunity.
  • Not every social achievement is worth it in the end.
  • Not every place the crowd says is helpful actually is.

You can’t afford to base your family’s strength, character, and spiritual well being on what everyone else says is good for your family. You need to check the label for yourself so to speak before you trust your family’s future with the latest trend or idea. The world is a minefield of “hidden ingredients”.

By no means am I a backwards thinker. I love change. I do things differently. I have my own viewpoints and opinions…but before I go a new direction or lead my family in a new direction…I think it’s wise to count the cost and look for the “hidden ingredients” that might bring harm.
Have you ever made a decision that looked great initially; but in the end you regretted it? We all have. 
With that in mind…

Here’s some helpful advice for your family…(this advice is yours to take or leave, it’s totally free!)

1.) Form your own opinions – Don’t be stirred or mesmerized by every current notion.

2.) Look before you leap – Not every opportunity is great, check the label for “hidden ingredients” that will hurt you in the end.

3.) Choose character over criticism – People will always debate your decisions about your family but continue to choose character anyway.

4.) Money is only a tool, don’t spend all your time on it.

5.) Don’t feed your family trash – Family’s can’t be strong, healthy, and lasting if you build them off of the “fast food” of every new idea or trend.

6.) Stand up for your choices – Don’t be afraid to say why you believe your choices are right for your family.

Question – What has helped you make good choices for your family?

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Larry Shankle is a pastor, author, and blogger. He helps people get clarity and direction in their calling, purpose, dreams, and leadership.

Larry and his wife (Amanda) live in the Arkansas river valley with their two boys (Braxton and Dawson). He has spent almost two decades in active local church ministry serving in multiple leadership roles. Larry has spent the last six and a half years serving as Lead Pastor of GrandviewChurch in Natural Dam, AR.

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