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I love salt, cheese, sugar babies, and big franks. Can you tell I grew up eating unhealthy?

Soon after my wife and I turned forty years old, there was a drastic change in the eating habits in our home – against my will. The junk food closet was cleared out.There were no longer chips and salsa for my late night binge eating. Now, there were a colorful array of fruits and vegetables. Sour cream has been replaced with Greek yogurt. Chocolate bars was replaced with very dark (bitter) chocolate. Fruit loops and sugary cereals were replaced with steel oat oatmeal. My wife even even attempted to replace the white basmati rice with brown rice. (There was a big fight over this change).

Over the last couple years, I've been introduced to an array of new kinds of food, (Kale, wheat germ, etc.,) If you didn't grow up with these types of food, there can be steep learning curve in taste.How do you change your taste buds? After making a choice to follow a healthier lifestyle, I discovered I was more energetic, more alert, and less focused on the next meal.

There are some strong similaries between following a healthy lifestyle and jump starting your spiritual journey. Both require you to adhere to new rules of order.So how do you change your taste buds? First, you must deprive yourself of what you once knew. You must allow your taste buds to forget the bad stuff your body became accustomed to. Second, you must give it time.Over the years your body has developed a taste for what is unhealthy.Now, you must continue to force yourself to eat the new healthy foods so your body can relearn the new taste.

Have you ever wondered why your spiritual life seems to be going nowhere? In the same way, you must shed your life of old, unhealthy habits, in order to retrain the brain of what is new. Ezekiel 36:26 promises us, "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." See also Ephesian 4:23.

In pastoral ministry the level of accountability is low.We often work unsupervised and alone.We depend on our own judgment, hoping we are making the right decision.Over the years, you can easily develop poor habits – an unhealthy work ethic.It will require a new perspective on why you do ministry in order to make a change.What are some of the changes you must make to realign your ministry "tastebuds."

Kumar Dixit, Ministerial Director