Is it beneficial?

All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.”first corinthians ten:twenty-three

All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.”                                                                                                                     first corinthians six:twelve

This is a question I’ve been asking myself lately. With each decision, lies a consequence. Whether good or bad, you have to live with those consequences. I’ve taken into consideration the decisions I make, and how they affect my spiritual and physical health. That one small question can have a big impact on your life. Like most of the other good things in life, the impact won’t be immediate. It will, however, accumulate over time, and be worth the wait. 

When it comes to your physical health, ask the question,”is it beneficial?” After you do that, wait and see what changes you begin to make in your life. The food you put in your body comes under scrutiny. You may find yourself not getting that soda with your lunch. You may find yourself drinking an extra liter of water. Perhaps it’s the decision to eat another plate of food to fuel your next big WOD. Outside of the realm of food, your recovery comes into play. The amount of sleep you get comes under examination. Should you watch one more New Girl, or go to sleep 30 minutes earlier? Should you finish your WOD and just hit the showers? Or should you slam a protein shake and spend 15 extra minutes mobilizing and rolling out? You get the idea. 

Now what about your spiritual life? How can evaluating the benefits of an action help your walk with Christ? Remember how you skipped New Girl and went to sleep 30 minutes earlier? Now you can wake up earlier and spend time in the Word and prayer. How about the things you take into your mind? The influence on what you watch and listen to is more powerful than you think. Is listening to Kendrick Lamar’s latest track going to draw you to the throne, or is putting on your favorite Hillsong album? Men, what about the images you allow your eyes to lay hold of? Should you take that second look? What benefit will it really have on your life? 
Do you see the pattern? You are freed in Christ. With that freedom, you must act wisely. You can anything, but is it really beneficial to you?


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