By: Mandy Hill
All things are legitimate [permissible–and we are free to do anything we please], but not all things are helpful (expedient, profitable, and wholesome). All things are legitimate, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life]. (1 Corinthians 10:23 AMP)
Weight was never something I struggled with; necessarily. I was never ‘skinny’; however, I was certainly comfortable with who I was.
Shortly after I got married the scales started
screaming climbing every time I stepped on to them. I quickly found myself in a place of discomfort in my very own body. My increase in weight was initiated by the onset of some medical issues, as I have discussed in “My Fertility Story“. However, I quickly bought into the idea that being overweight was my new identity; and I soon found myself spiralling down a slippery slope of guilt and shame when it came to making food choices.
I stopped eating to live; and began living to eat.
Now, that may sound extreme, but essentially it explains that shift that took place in my life. Something that never was an issue, suddenly became an issue. An issue that was all-consuming.
I would attempt to start a diet, crave something, give in, and then feel guilty and give up. I even saw a nutritionist once who I actually believe dug deeper wounds than I entered her office with. Nothing worked. As the numbers on the scales increased my confidence decreased.
I have recently come to the realization however, (through some fabulously wise advice from Lysa TerKeurst’s book ‘Made to Crave’) that while we are fully free to eat whatever want; not everything is helpful or beneficial. Likewise, temporary plans like diets are ok, but the real change will need to come from my heart.
Making wise food choices (eating to live) is difficult. Oh sisters, do I get that! I do believe, however, that it’s God’s best. Let this verse permeate your heart:
“Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
Is ‘eating to live’ vs. ‘living to eat’ a struggle of yours?! Jesus says that we don’t have to remain tangled up in our chains….John 8:31-32 says: “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Sisters, we were purchased by the darling of heaven Himself for something more than our struggle with food. Remaining bound in our struggles is keeping us from the fullness that God has for us. Let’s decide each time we are tempted to ‘live to eat‘ to replace those thoughts with a will to ‘eat to live’ instead. Let’s also give our struggles over to God; they are NOT too big for Him to handle. Don’t wait until tomorrow…..don’t even wait until your next meal…..let’s start now. This very moment….
Let’s honor God and bring glory to Him in our bodies.
Father God, Thank you for being The Lord of ALL! Jesus, I pray a prayer of surrender today. Please go before us and guide our decisions on what we choose to put into our bodies. Please give us the strength that we will need to make choices that will nourish our bodies instead of cause us shame and guilt. As we start this journey, I pray that you will increase determination and bless our efforts. The road ahead will be bumpy and long, but through you we can do anything! We believe this and hold tightly to the promise that you will never leave us! Thank you precious Lord! In Your name, Amen.