I saw an article the other day that had good news. Cadbury crème egg season will be here soon! Of course, this is a season that is also known as “Easter”. I realize that, as a Christian pastor, I should value Easter for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and all that signifies, and I do, but I also value it for Cadbury crème eggs. They are close to being nature’s perfect food, just above Double Stuf Oreos and just behind mom’s chocolate chip cookies (hi, mom!).
I saw another article the other day, too. This one was about health. Here’s a question for you. Do you know what the number one risk factor associated with cancer and heart disease is?
Unless you saw the story, I’ll bet you got it wrong. It’s not weight or diet or lack of exercise or stress or any of the things we normally think about. It’s age. That’s right, age. The older we are, the more likely we are to get cancer or heart disease. In other words, the number one risk factor associated with these diseases is one that we can do absolutely nothing about.
Last time, I wrote about our need to take care of ourselves. I still believe that, of course. We should do all we can to stay healthy for as long as we can, so that we can better serve God. Still, this article was a reminder that no matter what we do, none of us is going to live forever. No matter how much we eat right and exercise and get our rest and do all the things we’re supposed to do, at some point we’re all going to get old, and at some point we’re all going to die.
Which brings me back to Cadbury crème eggs. Each one has six grams of fat and twenty-one grams of sugar. Each has 24 grams of carbohydrate and 150 calories. There’s a reason these things are not sold in the health food section of the store. No one would reasonably make the argument that Cadbury crème eggs are good for you.
But you know what? We can deny ourselves all the pleasures of life, we can eat nothing but oats and nuts and berries, and we’re still going to die sometime. I’m not suggesting that we make Cadbury crème eggs the chief staple of our diet. On the other hand, eating one once in a while is not going to particularly hurt us, either.
We should do all we reasonably can to stay healthy. On the other hand, life is not meant to just be endured. It’s also supposed to be enjoyed. So use your head, get your rest, and keep yourself in shape. But eat a Cadbury crème egg once in a while, too.