Fake

Pleather
Artificial sweetener
Hair color

Plants
Chemically processed food

Fake things are all around us, and in this day and age we’re so used to them we barely realize the difference.  Some of them are okay, and some of them are very bad.  Artificial sweetener?  More and more research proves that it is no good.   Food that starts real is quickly processed until it is closer to plastic than food, and on it goes.

And then there are….

White lies
Plastered smiles
Boastful stories
Passing “how are you’s”

We consume these without a problem, as we hear and see them as often as the real.  But even worse, we give them out to be consumed, rather than the truth.  It’s so much easier than the truth, so much less messy for us and for others.  We put up our fake smiles and we accept others without questioning, and we all go on.

It’s no wonder that we often have a hard time finding joy in life and living life to the full potential that God meant for us to.  He gave us real tangible things, and souls of emotion and passion.  We found ways to manufacture these things.  But they don’t come close to the real thing.

I’m tired of fake.  About six weeks ago I started cutting out the fake food- no artificial anything, nothing processed with chemicals, nothing I ate most of the time.  What a change.  Now I taste food for what it really is- salty or sweet, crunchy or soft, all as it was meant to be.  I’m seeing a change in my health too, and I feel good.

I’m making some changes personally too, still holding back when I should, but working on not being fake either.  It’s tough.

But I’m reminded time and time again, that it’s how we were designed, how our world was designed.  So getting back to that, is the real deal.

Real, not faked, Joy

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, keep your thoughts on whatever is right or deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable.