What I've Learned From Going Vegan For A Month
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What I've Learned From Going Vegan For A Month

"I think that going vegan is a commitment to living a healthy lifestyle - one in which you and the environment benefit."

What I've Learned From Going Vegan For A Month

Veganism has always been something that has fascinated me. I love watching documentaries about plant-based diets and how they have transformed the lives of countless people. I decided that I wanted to try a vegan diet firsthand to truly see the amazing benefits that so many other people have experienced. For this past month, I have been eating an entirely vegan diet. Even though I have been a vegan for only a month, I have already begun to notice the amazing effects it has had on my overall health and wellbeing.

Since I was young, I have always favored a vegetarian, plant-based lifestyle. Growing up, I despised meat. Not necessarily for the environmental effects of meat, but simply because I did not like the taste. I would refuse any type of meat that my parents tried to serve me. As a child, I was the biggest fan of cheese. But, a few years ago, I found out that I am allergic to eggs and dairy. For me, veganism seemed like the perfect diet.

I don't think that going vegan is easy, but it's also not as challenging as I thought it would be.

At first, my grocery trips took a bit longer because I had to read the labels on every food item before purchasing it. But, after a while, you learn how to quickly know whether or not something is vegan. My greatest challenge thus far has been finding options at restaurants. At any restaurant, salad is almost always an option for vegans. But, for me, I wanted to find things at restaurants that were actually filling and not simply a basic salad.

One of the main benefits of going vegan was an improvement in my overall health and energy levels. I felt that I had more energy to workout and began to go to the gym more consistently. I also think that eating a vegan diet helped me to feel rested and get a good night's sleep. I realized that by eating the foods I was allergic to, I had been lowering my body's energy levels and harming my overall health. I also began to feel more excited about the foods I was eating and was more willing to spend time researching recipes to try.

After being vegan for a month, I know that this is something I want to continue in the long-term. I now fully understand that a vegan diet is much more than just a diet, it's a lifestyle choice. I think that going vegan is a commitment to living a healthy lifestyle; one in which you and the environment benefit. It's also a commitment to eating what makes you feel your best, rather than following the typical diet of society.

One challenge of veganism is that it is often met with judgment and criticism. This past month, I have experienced my fair share of judgment and misunderstandings from other people. My response to that is simply to understand that people pass judgment on things they find threatening or things they simply do not understand. It's important to never take these criticisms to heart. Everyone has the ability to choose their diet and to eat what makes them feel their absolute best.

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Is God Reckless?

Exploring the controversy behind the popular worship song "Reckless Love"

Is God Reckless?

First things first I do not agree with people getting so caught up in the specific theology of a song that they forget who they are singing the song to. I normally don't pay attention to negative things that people say about worship music, but the things that people were saying caught my attention. For example, that the song was not biblical and should not be sung in churches. Worship was created to glorify God, and not to argue over what kind of theology the artist used to write the song. I was not made aware of the controversy surrounding the popular song "Reckless Love" by Cory Asbury until about a week ago, but now that I am aware this is what I have concluded.The controversy surrounding the song is how the term reckless is used to describe God's love. This is the statement that Cory Asbury released after many people questioned his theology regarding his lyrics. I think that by trying to clarify what the song was saying he added to the confusion behind the controversy.This is what he had to say,
"Many have asked me for clarity on the phrase, "reckless love". Many have wondered why I'd use a "negative" word to describe God. I've taken some time to write out my thoughts here. I hope it brings answers to your questions. But more than that, I hope it brings you into an encounter with the wildness of His love.When I use the phrase, "the reckless love of God", I'm not saying that God Himself is reckless. I am, however, saying that the way He loves, is in many regards, quite so. What I mean is this: He is utterly unconcerned with the consequences of His actions with regards to His own safety, comfort, and well-being. His love isn't crafty or slick. It's not cunning or shrewd. In fact, all things considered, it's quite childlike, and might I even suggest, sometimes downright ridiculous. His love bankrupted heaven for you. His love doesn't consider Himself first. His love isn't selfish or self-serving. He doesn't wonder what He'll gain or lose by putting Himself out there. He simply gives Himself away on the off-chance that one of us might look back at Him and offer ourselves in return.His love leaves the ninety-nine to find the one every time."
Some people are arguing that song is biblical because it makes reference to the scripture from Matthew 28:12-14 and Luke 15. Both of these scriptures talk about the parable of the lost sheep and the shepherd. The shepherd symbolizes God and the lost sheep are people that do not have a relationship with God. On the other hand some people are arguing that using the term reckless, referring to God's character is heretical and not biblical. I found two articles that discuss the controversy about the song.The first article is called, "Reckless Love" By Cory Asbury - "Song Meaning, Review, and Worship Leading Tips." The writer of the article, Jake Gosselin argues that people are "Making a mountain out of a molehill" and that the argument is foolish. The second article, "God's Love is not Reckless, Contrary to What You Might Sing" by author Andrew Gabriel argues that using the term reckless is irresponsible and that you cannot separate Gods character traits from God himself. For example, saying that God's love is reckless could also be argued that God himself is reckless. Reckless is typically not a word that someone would use to describe God and his love for us. The term reckless is defined as (of a person or their actions) without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action. However, Cory Asbury is not talking about a person, he is talking about God's passionate and relentless pursuit of the lost. While I would not have chosen the word reckless, I understand what he was trying to communicate through the song. Down below I have linked two articles that might be helpful if you are interested in reading more about the controversy.

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