Ok, so let me first say that this is something that has been a constant struggle and have still yet to get right. So, when I am writing this everything that I am saying is being directed to myself first and foremost.
You see, I am what you would call a mood eater, and a boredom eater. I almost always choose what I am going to eat based off of a craving or sometimes the latest commercial I saw that looked good. I think I have probably always been this way, but when I was younger I lived in a house with a dietitian for a mother and limited food options and lots of accountability. I also was active in cheer leading and dabbled in some other sports as well as being an avid walker. I was known in my neighborhood growing up as the walking girl because I would walk no matter the weather. When we had snow, you would still find me walking the neighborhood, and the same on a 98 degree day.
However, I left for a semester of college and found that well known and talked about “Freshman 15” and I never got rid of it. Then I got married and its common for you to put on a little more weight, and I did. Then came the pregnancy and like many, I took the well I’m pregnant and I can eat like it approach. Well 5 pounds turned into 15 pounds which turned into 25 and then eventually 50+. Now I find myself in the horrible cycle of enjoying what I want to eat and the selfish attitude of it’s my body, I only live once I might as well enjoy it, and the desire for a better and healthier life. One where I am not out of breath running after my child and have the endurance to play with my child all day long and not grow tired. I find myself discouraged and overwhelmed by the amount of weight I want to lose and give into the lies that I won’t be able to complete my goals so I give up and fail before I have even started.
But, in reading the Word of God I find myself not only convicted but convinced of my need for change. There are various verses in the Bible that refer to this, I want to take the time to quickly list a few.
Proverbs 23:20-21, “Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.”
1 Corinthians 3:16-17, “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
1 Corinthians 10:31, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
Matthew 4:4, “But he answered, ‘It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Romans 12: 1-2, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Yes, food sustains us while we are here on earth but might we always remember Psalm 73:26 which says, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
I have tried again and again to make radical changes and while there are some radical changes needed I am striving to make them one at a time. For instance, I was challenging myself to drink 3 bottles of water for every can of soda, but now I have decided to further that challenge by drinking only water and simply resolving not to bring it in the house anymore. Also, I have decided to try to get back into walking despite the heat. I started this morning by walking for 30 minutes and I want to do that 3-5 times a week as well as going in the evening with my husband.
Will I slip up from time to time, sure, but in believing in the freedom I have in Christ, I believe there is a balance that can be kept in this and that I no longer have to be legalistic in my goals. It is my goal that each day I will choose Christ over my selfish desires and cravings and that I would glorify and honor God by the food that I eat. Just to clarify, I am not saying certain foods are more glorifying and honoring to God, but rather that I am eating for the purpose of sustaining my body and filling my body with nutritious food rather than junk.
Might I view my body as a temple and vessel for God that is not my own so that I can glorify and honor Him in this aspect of my life.