Wednesday Words – Whole 30

Pastor Paul Cannon


And a voice came from heaven,

“You are my Son, the beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

-Luke 3:22

After coming down off the sugar high of the Christmas season, my wife, Kirstin, and I decided that it was time for a reset. Some relatives and friends we know have been into the newest health craze Whole 30, and so we thought we’d give it a shot. We bought the book, read up (or I should say Kirstin read it, and I followed orders) and we took the drastic step of cutting sugar, grains, dairy, alcohol, and pretty much anything fun out of our diet for the next 30 days.

Do you want to know how it’s going? In summary: The past five days on Whole 30, I have been feeling light-headed, constantly hungry, and sporadically cranky. If you see me digging through garbage cans or walking the sanctuary with a vacuous look in my eyes you’ll know why.

‘Why am I doing this to myself?’ It’s the question I’m sure many of us have had while on a new health kick. There are good reasons: live healthier, feel better, live longer, etc. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that. But for many of us (and I am just as guilty), we sometimes do them because we feel inadequate and unhappy with ourselves.

That’s where I think God’s word to Jesus in his baptism might help: “You are my son, the beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

Those aren’t just words spoken to Jesus, they are also words that God speaks to each and every one of us in our baptism. You are my son. You are my daughter. With you I am well pleased.

Really God? You are pleased with me? God, I’m a mess! I’m just happy if I can get out the door in the morning and both of my kids are wearing pants! You’re pleased with ME???

Yeah. Really. In Baptism God’s declaration to you is that he loves you fully, as you are – not the perfect version of yourself that you’re trying to achieve. God doesn’t condition his love on you being your best self. God knows your imperfections. But he loves you just the same.

Whether you eat that cookie or not.