I hear lots of talk about detox diets and liquids and concoctions to cleanse our bodies. It seems that simply eating and breathing in our world today can fill us up with toxins, creating all sorts of havoc. I don’t doubt it. I’ve seen the label on my cereal box. I recognize that too much of what I eat is probably man-made rather than the wholesome stuff God created. I, along with a lot of other people, am questioning the wisdom of eating things I can’t pronounce. I mindlessly consume whatever is in front of me, not considering the toxins that may or may not be polluting my system. But if I’m honest, I don’t have the time or energy to think much about it. So, I eat it anyway.
But more importantly, I’m finding that I also mindlessly consume things containing spiritual toxins. Magazines, internet articles, television, movies and music are all there for the taking, and I internalize them with out even thinking about it. Just like eating a bag of potato chips and suddenly realizing I’m scraping the bottom but I can’t remember how much I’ve eaten (please, tell me I’m not the only one who has done this….) Aimlessly consuming worldly ideas without considering the spiritual toxins I’m ingesting. Toxins that can wreak havoc with my soul.
This Sunday, the REAL Women’s ABF and I are starting a spiritual detox. We’ll be picking up a Bible study called “Detox: clearing the way for spiritual wellness” and cleaning things out one at a time over the next nine weeks. Toxins like fear, envy, inadequacy, people-pleasing, pet sins, and biblical illiteracy. Like its physical counterpart, this spiritual detox process will take time, and won’t always be fun. In fact, some rather ugly stuff may show up. But I’d rather get that junk out of my spiritual system than have a sluggish spiritual life.
All women are invited to join us. We meet in CLC 208 on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am. Our first topic/toxin is fear, so be ready to hit it hard right out of the gate. Detox will be a nine-week series, finishing up on September 9. I hope you’ll join us.