**Please take a moment to check out Audria’s posts over at The Well. She is reading the book, Made to Crave, as I go through the video series.**
Do I have a weight problem?
Do I allow this fact to cause me to be disappointed in myself? be dissatisfied with myself? to have a little pity party for myself?
And it is time to stop. NOW, is the time to stop this craziness.
When I finished up this section of the Made to Crave study, I just shook my head and told the Lord, “Lord? I have heard all of this before. WHAT am I missing?”
God is not going to magically take my food cravings away. I have to practice self control and perseverance. I cannot be lazy physically, just as I cannot be lazy spiritually. I usually have no problem carving out time to study God’s word, but I do have trouble finding the time to exercise. It takes effort to get up out of a warm bed, put on work-out clothes, and go outside to walk.
But here’s the 2 x 4 which hit me this morning as I was walking… (and I know this isn’t something really NEW to me…I’m just slow sometimes.)
Some people cannot get out of bed. Some people wish they could get out of bed to walk.
How ungrateful I have been!
Yes, I may have a weight problem along with self-control issues and that’s nothing to sneeze about. Sin must be dealt with. But I must recognize the fact that I am a healthy person with two legs, eyes, ears, feet, etc. that work correctly. I must be thankful for the fact that I have the ability to walk out my door and exercise.
I have also been convicted by the fact that there are some of my faithful Readers who are in situations right now where they are limited physically. And to you all, I apologize for my little pity party I have been in.
My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. I was bought with a price. I am not my own. (1 Corinthians 6:19) I want a heart that is bold like Daniel’s. Daniel and his 3 friends were encouraged to eat of the King’s food. But he knew that the food went against his God’s laws. So Daniel did not partake of the food and ate vegetables and drank water. The King then saw how healthy the four boys were. And God was glorified.
It’s interesting. I have no trouble abstaining from alcohol even after having a history of drinking. I feel that it is wrong to drink alcohol. I’ve been convicted that alcohol is a god of this world. I have absolutely no trouble staying away from it. But I do have trouble with food. And looking around this weekend at commercials, bill boards, etc…I wonder if food isn’t more of a god than alcohol.
“When it comes to my body, I can’t live with divided loyalties. I can either be loyal to honoring the Lord with my body or loyal to my cravings, desires, and many excuses for not exercising.” (page 91)
And when my heart, as a whole, belongs to the Lord, then peace shall reign.