That, my friends, is a Jucy Lucy. A cheeseburger with bubbling hot cheese magma waiting to burst forth as bubbling hot cheese lava coating the surface of your tongue, lips, and cheek as you bite into the delicious 100% all-American ground beef. And did I mention the fried onions on top? Or dipping french fries into the burger for cheesy goodness?
It’s a beautiful thing.
A few weeks ago, I asked people to give me tips on how to eat more plants and eat less meat. I’m hoping some of you out there can help me prepare for a bigger step. I’m given a lot of thought to how to go about lifestyle adjustments and I know me. I talk a lot. I read a lot. I think a lot. And I weigh a lot. That last one is in two ways: physical pounds and time spent pondering. And the more I ponder, the more I pack on pounds. Perhaps it’s time to ponder with a start date rather than a start “idea.” So I wanted to eat more plants and eat less meat.
But I think I’m going to go a bit further than that.
I’m fairly certain, barring any unforeseen issues that arise, I’m going to go vegetarian during Lent for theological, ethical, and health reasons, in that order.
A few things have happened as a result:
I’m not as afraid as I thought I’d be.
Rather than a pit in my stomach signaling impending doom or cringing at whether this is brilliance or disaster looming, I’m excited. Sure, I’m, nervous and a little overwhelmed but I know it’s going to be okay. I’m going to learn so much. What I learn is going to come from succeeding and failing. And I can handle that because…
I’m reaching out to people more than I thought I would.
Some people say keep a New Year’s Resolution to yourself. I’ve heard it said that, scientifically, when one tells others about their NYR they don’t actually follow through because validation from the persons they talk to about it is satisfying to our brain enough. Yikes! That may be true but well, I know me. I keep many ideas to myself because I’m afraid of social shame if I fail. So I’ve decided to turn this fear on its head. First, I told my wife. She’s so happy! Next, I reached out on Facebook. People are so kind! And now, I’m reaching out here. Because…
It’s time to try living as a Christian in public.
This bears a need for extrapolation as I prepare for Lent and I’ll write about it here in the near-future. What I mean, though, is my evolving theology has come to new places in the last few months and is playing a direct role in my interest in trying something like this. And one of the most evangelical things I can do (yeah, I’m a liberal Christ Follower who used the “E” word – we’re takin’ it back!) is write and talk and share about my journey and in turn listen to yours, too.
It’s likely The Life Mosaic will see some chronicles of this adventure alongside other posts about other passions. As I said, I’ll probably write a little about these theological, ethical, and health-related reasons I’m weighing and I can see myself offering some “How I feel” and “What I’m eating” and “HELP ME!” posts along the way, too, as well as processing posts after Lent. In the meantime, your kind tips and friendly advice is welcome.
Anybody want to head over to Matt’s Bar for a Jucy Lucy before February 13, please let me know!