My husband and I went grocery shopping today. Our first stop was at
our favorite local farm market where we bought really fresh romaine
lettuce, red lettuce, beets, cabbage, broccoli, and zucchini. The rest
of our purchases – celery, onions, old fashioned oats, apples,
carrots, bananas, mustard, unsalted pistachios, and blueberries – we
found at two other stores.
During growing season here, we’ve made it a habit of going to the
farm market first, to see what they have, before going on to other
What has all this to do with “joy”? For us, it’s a feeling of freedom
from being complicit in causing pain and suffering to God’s creatures by
our food choices. No, it’s not “self-righteousness”; we’re very well
aware that we’ve “been there, done that.” But over twenty years ago, we
decided to open our hearts and minds in order to learn and grow. Yes, we
“decided”; God has given everyone the right to choose. We humans can
choose to change our harmful ways and learn to live more in keeping with
God’s ideals as mentioned in Galatians 5:22 and 23:
22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23. gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Going vegan is an exciting, joyful journey!
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