As of today, I have been soda free for 8 days. I know that doesn’t sound like a big deal to some of you, but for me, it is the first time in my life I have not consumed soda for a week.
The reason I tell you this story is not so that you will pat me on the back and tell me that I am doing a good job. No, I write this because of the dynamics behind this change.
Back in January, I visited the doctor for the first time in 18 years. I did all of the standard tests, and he told me that I have high cholesterol. This puts me at a greater risk of a heart attack. If you combine that with my dad having a heart attack and a series of strokes, my chances are also significantly increased. Then two weeks ago I read a new scientific study that showed people who consume two diet sodas a day are almost 75% more likely to have a heart attack. Immediately a light went on for me. I can’t control my genetics, and the doctor can prescribe medication to help with the cholesterol, but I can 100% control the liquids going into my body. In that very moment, I decided that I was done with diet soda forever.
The process of change has always fascinated me. So I began to dissect this event in my life. My wife has tried to convince me to drop the diet Mt. Dew for years. She has almost begged me and I would not do it. I have read other articles about the evils of soda and ignored them. This time it was a perfect storm of my stage in life, a doctor’s report, and a timely article that changed my mind. Everything came together, and all I needed to do was act.
I tell you all of this for two reasons. First, some of you have experienced God working on and in your life. Maybe it is time to follow him. I pray God will bring everything together that you might step forward in faith.
Second, some of you have been working with people you love, and they are resistant to ever changing. Don’t give up. With prayer and the power of God, one day everything may come together. You never know when that day will come so keep persevering in your effort to help.
I never dreamed I would give up my diet soda, but here I am. Who knows what God will do in your life and the lives of the people you love.