Less Toxic Living Starts with Jesus at the Cross

Those who have been following this blog for awhile now, have you ever wondered how I picked the name for my site?  Yes, no?  Either way, I’m about to explain 😀  Spoiler, King Solomon lent some of his wisdom!  For fun, I included some pics of me from over the years, like the one below.

We are getting too old for this!

For those who are new to the site, let me quickly introduce myself and why I started this blog.  I am a Christian, a part-time physician assistant, a full-time mom and wife, and a blogger in my “free-time.”  You will see my hubby, Ty, in most pics because we have been together since I was 16! 😮 I have two kiddos, but you won’t see them in pics because I try to keep them off the world wide web 😊 Anxiety and prioritizing all the things have been (and sometimes still are) struggles in my life.  I became particularly interested in detoxing our home when I was pregnant with our first child.  After diving into a deep hole, I eventually found my way out and wanted to share what I learned.  The most important thing I learned, was that no matter your passion, Jesus must be at the center.

Jesus must be the foundation…

Remember the ice bucket challenge?

Converting to a less toxic lifestyle, in my opinion, is a great goal.  I love knowing that I am doing my best to give my family the things they need and lessening the things they don’t.  To me, striving to decrease our toxic burden is working toward getting back to our roots, to the way God designed us to work and thrive.  However, the misguidance by companies and green-washing can cause a lot of anxiety and turmoil.  Is there a way to “switch to safer” without adding stress and anxiety about the things we cannot control?  There is.  Less toxic living has to start with Jesus at the cross; or, all your efforts are meaningless.

Jesus has to be our foundation for anything we do, from decreasing toxicity to running a fortune 500 company.  If we are not saved by faith through Christ, the ending is the same, regardless of status, accomplishments, or wealth.

Jesus at the Cross

…take it from King Solomon

God granted Solomon one desire of his heart, and he chose wisdom.  It was a good choice.  Wisdom has great potential to provide other benefits and comforts, which was true for Solomon.  In addition to his God-gifted wisdom, he had immeasurable wealth, 700 wives, 300 concubines, and he lived in a palace that took 13 years to build.  This guy had it all when it came to worldly things: money, power, pleasure, intelligence, fame, and all the stuff.  It would be like having William Siddis’ IQ (250-300), Jeff Bezos’ bank account, and Gene Simmons’ game 🤣 Solomon dove into every pleasurable aspect of life and took it to the extreme to figure out the point of life.  Yet, in Ecclesiastes 1:1-11, he writes:

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
Meaningless, meaningless, says the Preacher, utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.
What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?
A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises.
The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns.
All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they flow again.
All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”?  It has been already in the ages before us.
11 There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.

First Trip to NY

Solomon, who had it all from a worldly perspective, uses the word “meaningless” 37 times in the book of Ecclesiastes.  The phrase “under the sun” appears 29 times.  The two together tell us that a life on this earth, that is devoid of Jesus, is meaningless.  There is nothing new on this earth that won’t one day be old.  And, there is nothing on this earth that will satisfy our hearts fully, forever.  Jesus at the cross is our only hope.

So do we just sit back and enjoy the ride?

23″ Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

This verse is not calling us to a life of laziness, but rather to a life of joy!  This is why my blog, www.lovejesusdoyourbest.com, starts with loving Jesus THEN doing your best.  Because how would our life change if we first loved Jesus and then just did our best?  There would be no room for anxiety, fear, or worry about the things we can’t control or the things we can’t do.  We know we are not in control and are just acting upon the passions and convictions God has put on our hearts.  We do it to the best of our ability BECAUSE we are doing it for Christ, not in an effort to gain His love.  Jesus at the cross accomplished it all.

Got lots of baby giggles by putting a suction cup toy on my forehead…also got this lovely hickey 😆

So whatever it is that drives your passion, realize it is under God’s control.  You are to steward his resources and gifts well.  Do everything for the glory of God, but remember, the outcome is up to him.  You can’t do it all.  You can’t do it perfectly.  But, you can be obedient to the call on your heart and to prayer.

Application in Our Current Chaos

Side note, I thought this post, which I wrote several weeks ago, was fairly appropriate in the midst of all this Corona virus chaos.

Advice from a medical provider’s perspective:
-stay home for the sake of the elderly, the immuno-compromised, and the healthcare system (the system can’t take care of your broken bone if they’re flooded with virus patients)
-buy what you need, when you need it – the stockpiling is contributing to mass hysteria, which is NEVER helpful
-if you bought a bunch of protective equipment out of fear, that’s ok, fear is normal, but it is impeding the efforts of our medical staff so please donate it to a clinic or hospital in your area!
-wash your hands often
-help someone out!  Share your toilet paper, ask your elderly neighbors if you can help them with their curbside order (maybe via phone for social distancing), or send an encouraging text to a mama stuck at home with her stir-crazy kids.
-you finally have an excuse to start AND finish that book, to play on the floor with your kids, to GET OUTSIDE, go for a run with your dog, or do whatever it is you have been meaning to do! Take advantage; by doing so, you’ll be saving lives!

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One Comment

  1. Lora Garcia
    March 21, 2020

    Very true! Thanks the post came at a good time for me. I am embarking on a new adventure with virtual learning with my kiddos. I am working from home as many are and it has its challenges. I do need to remember in the chaos and stress of it all, ultimately God is in control and equipped me with what I need to achieve his glory. Thanks Heidi!

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