Maturity & Whole30

Disclaimer: author does not assume to be mature or a pro at Whole30.

My second round of Whole30 ends soon. My thoughts swing from “Oh, I can’t wait until I’m not thinking about what I’m going to eat” to “hhm, what am I going to choose to eat post-Whole30?” Limits and/or boundaries produce manifestations. Sometimes, the little child in us erupts with a tantrum and sometimes the adult in us makes rational choices. Both are choices, but when limitations such as zero gluten, dairy, or sugar hit, our ability to mask the little tantrum thrower inside gets stretched.

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This round of Whole30 I actually had some food dreams. Pizza and brownies starred in those nocturnal adventures. In some ways this round was easier, as I had a better idea of what I signed up to do. That also made it a little harder, because assuming this round would be like the first didn’t hold true. My schedule was a lot different than last time so maintaining adequate food prep was challenging. With less time, I was simultaneously more and less creative with recipes. Creative in that I simplified complicated recipes to streamline prep time; less creative by relying on a stock 8-10 recipes in rotation.

I moved to Nashville since my last Whole30 effort. I’ve been slowly making my way around to churches, gyms, and art spaces. I find Whole30 to be very revealing spiritually and emotionally because it is about making choices and choosing whether I’m going to stick to those choices even when forgetful friends and family offer you fun size candy bars, cinnamon rolls, PIZZA, and all the stuff.

Emotional maturity. Honestly, when I heard this sermon title at Legacy Church, I was apprehensive. What does maturity even mean? How is it faith forward? A few things that stuck with me:

  • Find the area in your life where you’re already a “10” to unlock your purpose
    • I spent the last few years doing a career that while I felt “good enough” in doing it, wasn’t a 10 for me. Starting at your 10 gives you a springboard to action. This doesn’t negate building underdeveloped skills.
    • I’m in a new career that I feel is much more in my 10 realm. That doesn’t make it easy; but passion is great fuel to purpose.
  • Growth is rewarded with pruning.
    • My parents maintain a beautiful garden; it looks great in the spring because of the pruning they did in the fall – every year.
  • We’ve all heard, “the first shall be last…” Who are the last? The people I deem unqualified. The “last” in your life may be different than the “last” in my life. Who am I to determine someone else’s qualifications?
  • We have to stay connected to God so we don’t pervert the dreams/purpose he has given us.
    • I’ve had some wonderful opportunities in the last decade. Some of them started with huge promise but ended with a lot of disappointment and frustration. As I sat in the sanctuary, I thought, “hmm, maybe I overrode God’s purpose in that opportunity/job/relationship with my own, which was built on pride, control, and comparison.”

In Bob Goff’s Everybody, Always he described his daughter’s grading process for her students: M = mastered, G = grade level, and N = Not Yet. Part of building emotional maturity for me means embracing the “not yet.” I want to find the balance of being patient while developing the skills to beyond “not yet” and being inspired by increasing the spectrum of “not yet”.

It is the same with Whole30; how am I going to use the information gathered in this 30 days to stretch forward to my N’s. My N’s include weight loss, reduced inflammation, cortisol and adrenal stability. They’re better but they’re not there yet.

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