I am a fan of Nic Askew, the creator of Soul Biographies. "God & The Chocolate Ice Cream" starring Michael Neill offers provocative thoughts on the integration of the spiritual and material worlds – the space where I like to play and work. Invest a few minutes and watch this short film that is embedded below.
Ironically, before opening my computer and watching this video, I awoke about 5:30 a.m. and went to the freezer. Last night I bought a quart of chocolate ice cream against my better judgment. I at
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e about half of the chocolate ice cream. At 5:32 a.m. I pulled off the ice cream lid and turned the container upside down over the kitchen sink drain so it would thaw and disappear. My decision was based on reasons of both health and spiritual discipline.
From a health perspective I am 15 pounds over my goal weight. I know I need to get back on the Health Program my wife coaches. More importantly, the chocolate ice cream is a metaphorical impediment to my stewardship of all that God has given me. Think of it as Jacob's hip or the thorn in Paul's flesh. I've learned in talking with Judith and other health coaches, ultimately, it isn't what we're eating, it is what's eating at us.
My irrational desire for sugar, cream, and chocolate is more akin to an addiction. It provides a profound empathy for the heroin or cocaine addict. Truly, there, but by the grace of God go I. It is a "no" to which I so often say "yes" (watch the video to understand). Left unchecked, it would consume my life prematurely. Intellectually I get it, yet lust takes over. In this regard, I also relate to the sins of Tiger Woods. Fortunately, my lust is more socially acceptable and less morally reprehensible. Yet, make no mistake, it is lust gone awry.
I am reminded of Matthew 7:5: "You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you
will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." This scripture causes me to hold my tongue at the failings of others. I'm making the attempt to avoid being a hypocrite!
So why dump the ice cream down the drain? I've learned the best way to avoid sin is to not cozy too close to it. Healthy boundaries make for a healthy life. Sure, it is a fix, not a cure. Until the deep work in my soul is reconciled, I settle for temporary acts of protection.
Perhaps, now dear reader, you'll appreciate why I am a fan of Nic Askew. He stirs the spirit of one who is in the business of stirring spirits. My hope is my On-Purpose Minutes provoke you is similar fashion.