Your Food Relationship
What’s that? Did you hear something? Oh, I think it’s the slice of chocolate cake some precious lady left for the staff in the workroom calling out to you. Or maybe it’s the nearest Sonic shouting your name because it’s happy hour and you can get that Route 44 cherry vanilla Dr Pepper for half price.
Whatever it may be, it feels like a war going on inside, doesn’t it? And the sad part is how often we lose. We try to make ourselves feel better about it in a host of ways, but at the end of the day, we aren’t proud of ourselves and we just feel defeated.
If you are a follower of Christ, then you have the Holy Spirit at work inside of you. And a fruit of that is self-control. Like patience, faithfulness, or love, all of these fruits must be cultivated for them to be produced in our lives. I think of it like muscles. You have to put them to work for them to grow.
You may feel hopelessly weak when it comes to the culinary temptations around you, but you have the ability to use self-control in all of these situations. And the more you apply it, the stronger it will become.
And instead of feeling all sorry for yourself for having to say “no” to something, remind yourself of some truths:
- You are not depriving yourself. Those kids in Africa are experiencing deprivation.
- You are taking control of that which has been controlling you. A part of the working of the Holy Spirit is to empower you.
- This will get easier. It will. Keep at it. I promise.
Most of us have a dysfunctional relationship with food. It’s time we go to God to help us have the right perspective. This isn’t about what you can and can’t have. This about health and handling food the right way for the rest of your life.