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Angel’s Food vs Devil’s Food

In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth and populated the Earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow and red vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

Then using God’s great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and Krispy Creme Donuts. And Satan said, “You want chocolate with that?”

And Man said, “Yes!” and Woman said, “and as long as you’re at it, add some sprinkles.” And they gained 10 pounds. And Satan smiled.

And God created the healthful yogurt that Woman might keep the figure that Man found so fair. And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat, and sugar from the cane and combined them. And Woman went from size 6 to size 14.

So God said, “Try my fresh green salad.” And Satan presented Ranch Dressing, buttery croutons and garlic toast on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.

God then said, “I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them.” And Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained more weight and his cholesterol went through the roof.

God then created a light, fluffy white cake, named it “Angel Food Cake,” and said, “It is good.” Satan then created chocolate cake and named it “Devil’s Food.”

God then brought forth running shoes so that His children might lose those extra pounds. And Satan gave cable TV with a remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering blue light and gained pounds.

Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them. And Man gained pounds.

God then gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite. And Satan created McDonald’s and its 99-cent double cheeseburger. Then said, “You want fries with that?” And Man replied, “Yes! And super size them!” And Satan said, “It is good.” And Man went into cardiac arrest.

God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.

Then Satan created HMOs.

Firstly I hope my Christian friends enjoy the humor enough, to forgive my using the joke to make a few points. Also many of the corporate entities mentioned her, have made strides to improve their menu selections for nutritional choices.

In our everyday life, we can make things better or worse with our thoughts, speech and actions. We can choose to eat healthy food, or eat junk food. We can educate ourselves on proper nutrition, and even learn a few new recipes.

We can decide that sitting on the sofa watching television on evening is better than walking along the beach, or through a park with our loved ones. Talking about each other’s days, instead of wondering why we no longer communicate, as we did when we were dating.

When we hear gossip, do we ignore it, or rush to tell the next person about it. We have all felt the sting of venom that comes from gossip, so why do we inflict that pain on others?

How about those who are less fortunate than ourselves, do we walk on past and complain about how they create a mess on the streets of where we live, or do we support or volunteer a little time each week to a charity to help them regain their dignity.

With the resources we encounter today, are we following a recipe to make something wholesome or something unwholesome? Have we left the world a more wholesome place or less wholesome today?

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4 thoughts on “Angel’s Food vs Devil’s Food

  1. Keith I love this post – there are so many applications!

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