Thursday, April 14, 2011

edible playdough:)

Never assume that because edible is in the name of the product, that it is safe to eat large amounts!

Tuesday night we had a fear factor type competition here at the University. It was really fun and the winning team got $50 dollars each (money is a good way to get college students to participate)!
Well it just so happened that the girls on the team were given the challenge of eating a large lump of edible playdough that had extra salt added to it. Now that may seem like an easy challenge but it was horrible. I was gagging all over that lump of stuff but I at it anyways!
Now here's where the fun part comes in. "Edible" playdough has HIGH salt content and poison control says children who consume more than a TBSP of it should be hospitalized!
I had just eaten about a 1/2 cup.
Needless to say I got REALLY sick and had the worst pains in my stomach imaginable.
Next time, more research will be done on the "food" chosen for the competition:)
Don't worry, I am feeling just fine now after drinking TONS of water and just waiting it out.
Now I'm not one of those people who normally likes to make spiritual analogies to life. In fact, the people who do this with everything actually kind of annoy me sometimes. However, I've been thinking a lot about this lately and couldn't help but make this comparison.
I sat down in front of a large group of people and willingly ate something that was harmful to my body. In fact, if I ate enough of it it could have killed me. Did I even think twice? No! I just did it because everyone else did and I didn't even think about the possible side effects.
We (and I say we because I am guilty of this too) so often do this with so many things in life, especially in the Christian world. We don't even question things because everyone is doing it, or everyone just assumes it's safe when really it could be harming us.
What if, instead of just going with the flow, we took the time to see what God had to say about some of the things we do, some of the choices we make, or some of the words we say?
Jeremiah 29:13 "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart"
It's time to stop being complacent and CARE about the choices we make, and whether they please God or are harming us.
Maybe all it would have taken is just one person to question, "is this safe to eat?" and several of us would have been saved a rough night.
Maybe all it would take is for one person to say "Is that a wise decision?" and save several people from a rough life reaping the consequences of poor decisions.
Just a thought...

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