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Friday, November 23, 2007

To Beef, or not to Beef

Well, lately I have been internally going through deciding whether to become a vegetarian. There are lots of reasons I have been thinking about it, the usual stuff. What it boils down to is that I just do not desire it anymore. I don't want it, not even bacon. It is nearly impossible for me to pick up a piece of meat and eat it. I realize that God says we can have whatever we wish, but it is still one of His creatures that gives its life for us and most of the time we are far from grateful beyond being satiated to a point of despondency...this does not however, apply solely to eating meat. The way we pacify ourselves with our full stomach's and our lack of appreciation. I cannot speak for everyone, only myself and I know I am far from the sort of grateful God would have me be. I could certainly be more grateful if we were dirt poor and had not a penny, but God has seen fit to Bless us beyond our comprehension with food, shelter and church so I am left needing to learn these things in another way. I realize I need to start with myself and if I can ever get to the point where I have that under control, perhaps I will find my next adventure as edifying. My not eating meat feels as if it were planted as a little seed, I watered it and maybe now God is harvesting it...I am not sure if that makes any sense, but I cannot claim the lack of desire to eat meat as mine completely, only with God's help has it come to pass. I have been eating eggs and fish, but even the fish has been tasting less that great. People want to know if it is something that I am going to be implementing in my family, a complete transition into meatlessness for us all. My answer, no. I will not force my husband or child to conform to my lack of taste for meat. It is not for me to decide, they are individuals and can choose for themselves...if at some point they wish to stop, that is fine and if they eat meat forever, that is their prerogative. We may end up having less meat in general because I may not think to make it, but we don't eat a bunch to begin with. Who knows, perhaps at some point I will start again. It makes as much sense to everyone else as it does to me, I just don't want it anymore, it is not appealing. So, just so everyone knows, I think it is official, I am a vegetarian..until firther notice.

4 comments:

Petronia said...

God help and guide you, my dear friend. I bet you'll come up with all kinds of new recipes that I expect you to share with me :)

Petronia said...

Did you hear Orthodoxie podcast this week on fasting? He mentioned that in the olden days, meat was considered a luxury and was not eaten all the time. The fatted calf was killed and eaten only for very special occasions. I thought of you right away because even if you do eat meat every so often, I still think it is a higher calling to transition into more vegetarian diet--spiritually and practically (I still need to read that book you gave me "Diet for a Small Planet".

Xen Xen said...

I am glad that you brought up the fact that meat used to be a priviledge, not a right. As a result of people seeing it as a right, there is mistreatment of animals through their living conditions, diet and 'suplements' and that makes me sad. I am glad you brought it up, because I had thought about going into that a bit, but it gets sort of involved and such...we will just leave it at that for now =) something for people to ponder if they read this portion.

Marfa said...

Thanks for your wonderful wishes on my blog...we had a great anniversary! I totally understand your thoughts on vegetarianism. My dad chooses not to eat meat, but my mom did and so did all 4 of us children, however, I definitely find myself not eating it much! I'm big on dairy though. It's the Nativity Lent, now, so no meat or dairy, anyhow...