I was absolutely addicted. I loved the stuff. I had been a coke addict for a long time.
I would even pick up some coke from a dealer (the local Caltex station) on my way to a party just to make sure there would be enough to guarantee a good time. There was nothing quite as refreshing as an icy cold can of Coca-Cola!
The problem with my obsession with this amber gold liquid was that it paved the road towards diabetes and threatened to push my belly out so far I could be asked a very awkward question! If I continued this love affair, my destiny would default into one that contained a toothless smile and an XXL wardrobe!
If I was to change my destiny, I had to shift my delight from the deceptive lure of Coke to something healthier. So, on the 31st of December, 2013 I had my last can of Coke. Ever. And in its place I began to drink something I never thought I would: Soda Water!
Although it was difficult at first, my delight began to shift from Coke to Soda Water, and as I did, my destiny had defaulted to a much healthier future!
Our spiritual health is also dependent on the things we delight in.
God warns us not to blindly do what everyone else is doing. Just because it's popular doesn't make it healthy or right:
'Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers' – Psalm 1:1 (NIV)
Simply saying no to Coke wouldn't work for me. I had to replace it. It also won't do to just say no to what everyone else is doing, but we need to shift our delight to something else:
'But [Blessed is the one] whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night (1:2)
As we replace our appetite for things that are unhealthy with things that feed our soul, our destiny begins to default into one that will prosper through every season:
'That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers' (1:3)
Your destiny will default to whatever you delight in. It may take some intentionality, but it is never too late to put down the Coke and pick up the Soda Water!