*Please note that I am in no way affiliated with Lysa TurKeurst or Proverbs 31 Ministries. This is my own work using Lysa's book Made to Crave as reference. Thank you - Jennifer.*
Everything is permissible - but not everything is beneficial.
1 Corinthians 10:23
When it comes to this journey there's one thing I've noticed about myself.
I don't make any sacrifices when it comes to my eating.
This is a problem, especially for someone trying to renew a spiritual relationship with God.
The fact is, weather we like it or not, we have to make some sort of sacrifice in order to be truly close to the Lord. Weather it be drugs, alcohol, money, or sex - no one questions the sacrifice of these things in their daily lives. But people do question the sacrifice of food.
John tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:23 that "everything is permissible - but not everything is beneficial".
Everything is permissible.
But NOT everything is beneficial.
Yes, there has to be sacrifices made.
I have made a list of things that I will and won't do when it comes to this journey. It's interesting, now that I look at it, how many things I haven't been willing to sacrifice - not only in food, but in behavior. For example, I was not willing to sacrifice my little "safe" indulgences (100 calorie packs, to be specific). Sure, one is okay, once in a while. But three or four daily? See where I'm going with this?
Christ made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. Before he did this, he told his followers that they would also have to make sacrifices to follow him. For some that was money (Zacchaeus). For others, sex (Mary Magdalene). For others, power (John). What is that sacrifice for you? For me, it's the unhealthy foods that have ruled my life for the past 35 years.
Here is my revised list:
I Will . . .
. . . Pay attention to what I eat, and rely on foods that are beneficial to my body for fuel.
. . . Take and eat smaller portions of anything unhealthy and eat larger portions of foods that are healthy.
. . . Not indulge myself on a regular basis (weekly) - only in small amounts on special occasions.
. . . only weigh myself once every 10 days (I was an every-day weigh person).
. . . Fully rely on God and make daily sacrifices in His honor.
God bless you all,