If your Mom gave you her beautiful wedding dress, your Dad’s watch or an autographed picture of Babe Ruth, you wouldn’t toss it on the floor, in a junk drawer or use it to squash a bug off a window would you? No of course not, you would care for it, cherishing it as the heirloom it is.
What we care about, we take care of. Isn’t your health worth even more to you than an heirloom?
If you care less about your health than an heirloom, ask yourself why that is? What’s preventing you from becoming healthier?
Dale Carnegie once stated that no one does anything they don’t want to do. This is true. Even if someone holds a gun to your head and demands money, you give it to him because you don’t want to die. We might not like it but we do it because there is a pay-off. A pay-off is receiving something of value for our actions, whether it’s attention, sympathy, liberation or revenge. However we must claim those actions as our choice! Galatians 6:7 “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” A person can’t fool God, who knows our innermost thoughts, motives and hearts.
So start being honest with yourself because it is the first step in spiritually growth. Here are a few of the questions to consider regarding why you eat as you do:
Is it selfishness? “I want that pudding and I want it now!” Was that how you responded as a child or is it how you act now simply because you’re a grown-up and you can do anything you want? (nanananana!) Our childhood influences how we react today because our parents first influenced us through their habits. Was your dinner table a time of great festivity or one of controlling issues? As you eat today, are you searching for independence or to regain warm family memories?
Is it laziness? “I’d have to discipline myself and it’s too haaaaard (whine) to eat right. I’ll just try again tomorrow.” Today is the only day you have and tomorrow never comes. Either beat your body into submission and say no, or choose to walk an extra mile to burn off that chocolate donut you ate. I Corinthians 9:27, “But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”
Do you feel you deserve it? Were you good all day and didn’t tell your boss off when he drove you crazy? As your reward you’ll delve into a dish of ice cream this afternoon. After all “I was so good.” Come on . . . go for a walk or find a punching bag and hit it to let off steam. Why should you self-destruct just because someone else is an idiot? (Said with all Christian love of course)
Or are you a member of the “stinkin’-thinkin'” club? “I’m a loser, I can never succeed at anything and I’ll just fail at this too, so why bother?” Well God doesn’t make junk and you are a child of the King! Behave like one! Start with small goals to build confidence.
A famous philosopher Yoda, once told Jedi knight Luke Skywalker, that a Jedi either does or he does not, but he does not try. Stop trying and just DO! Talk yourself into success!
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
Note: In the future we’ll discuss other emotional reasons for eating; boredom, escapism, mood-soothing, anger, justice, unconscious eating among others. Let me know if something is a particular challenge to you.