30 Days of Manna // Day 18

30 Days of Manna

If something is legal, it might not be spiritually appropriate.

For years I have been dishonest and disillusioned about my weight, eating habits, and relationship with food. Instead of food being sustenance for my body, I have willingly allowed it to consume me and have power over me.

I have the freedom to do anything, but not everything is helpful. I have the freedom to do anything, but I won’t be controlled by anything. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:12 (Common English Bible)

Paul’s letter to the church (the people) in Corinth actually warned against sexual misconduct and to view themselves as members of Christ’s body. Though I’m not engaging in questionable sexual activity, I don’t always remember my body is adjoined to Christ’s.

Do my actions and behaviors reflect Godliness or worldliness?

Last Sunday, on my way to church, I ate a banana and tossed the peel under a tree on the church’s property. I noticed two squirrels nearby, thinking they would enjoy a dose of potassium, but then I felt a rush of guilt. Immediately, I looked to my left and right, as well as the rearview mirror, afraid someone might have seen me – worried they’d think I littered. I don’t know if squirrels actually eat bananas but, while trying to be helpful, I was afraid of being accused of wrongdoing.

Lately, I’ve done well controlling food cravings, but that hasn’t always been the case. I used to eat whether I was mad, sad, or glad and I loved eating alone. There were no eyes watching me and no one asked if my eating was appropriate. Emotional and bored eating were second nature … until regret set in and an entire bag of chips was gone.

My intentions were good with the banana peel and squirrels, but I can’t say the same about standing in front of the refrigerator or pantry door.

What if, instead of looking around and being afraid of getting caught, I look up and ask, “Is this appropriate?”

When you eat or drink or do anything else, always do it to honor God. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31 (Contemporary English Version)

Do I eat to honor God or satisfy cravings?

Do I exercise to strengthen God’s temple or to check an item off my to-do list?

The way I feed my body, strengthen my body, and use my body should communicate to everyone that God is my treasure.

Sweet friend, if you are struggling to bear the fruit of self-control, you are not alone. Your body and mind are important to God. Most importantly, YOU MATTER TO GOD.

Embrace what is good and spiritually pleasing. Avoid what consumes or dishonors you.

Amen.

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  1. Celeste June 18, 2015 at 7:23 am - Reply

    Me too.

    • Nicole June 18, 2015 at 8:36 am - Reply

      I love you, friend. Last night’s laughing was soul cleansing and pure joy, we have to do it more often!!!!!!

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  2. Josh S June 18, 2015 at 7:45 am - Reply

    I’m truly enjoying reading these! Hope things are well!

    • Nicole June 18, 2015 at 8:34 am - Reply

      What a sweet surprise to see your name, I’m honored you’re here reading my shenanigans. Thanks for the kind, encouraging words! I hope YOU (and the family) are doing well. I haven’t been home in too long, I haven’t seen you in forever long.

      Big hugs, Nicole

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  3. Julie June 18, 2015 at 8:45 am - Reply

    As I have told you before…..you could be writing these posts about me. All that I need now is the control to ask myself the tough questions BEFORE I actually stop at the drive thru or put the garbage in my mouth…..THINGS TO WORK ON!

    • Nicole June 18, 2015 at 8:48 am - Reply

      ME TOOOOOOOOO. But that ‘garbage’ is so tasty, ugh. The struggle is real.

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