Are there really victim-less crimes? Some people think so. Some adamantly proclaim, “If it’s my body, I can do what I want! Lighten up!” “If it’s not hurting anyone else, what difference does it make?”
A lot. But some have become so anesthetized in their sin that they don’t see the pain they cause others around them.
Jonah 1: 5 “ All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship.
But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep.”
Jonah was so anesthetized to sin, he slept like a baby! Foolish man, As we learned in Kindergarten, God is everywhere! No one runs away from God. He sees our addictions and demands that we make no golden idols of worldly things “because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” 1 Peter 1:16.
Our out of control behavior touches those who care about us. And it’s not just the “big” abuses: drugs, alcohol, smoking . . . it’s also eating addiction, gluttony. Even food can be an idol. If food controls us, we’ve just made it our god. Do you love the Lord more than food? If not, it’s your idol.
My patient Jenny, didn’t think weight affected anyone else until she overheard her 8 & 10 year old children being taunted by other children regarding her weight. She noticed the sorrow and embarrassment on their faces and felt ashamed. As she sat in my office she told me she thought she was a good mother. She spent time with her children. Well, except the times when she was too tired to play . . . or her knees hurt too much to walk . . . or couldn’t fit into the amusement ride seats at Six Flags. She looked at me and announced, “It was my wake-up call. I’m ready to change.” Overeating affected the innocent.
Good for her! Until someone desires to change, they won’t. Change must first come from within and sadly food addiction is one of the hardest to conquer.
Medications, stresses, peer pressure, family lifestyles, emotions, holidays all affect our eating habits. How many times have you heard someone joke, “Oh I’d die for a piece of chocolate right now!” They don’t call it, ‘Death by Chocolate’ for nothing! However it’s the fat content , not the chocolate that’s the culprit. All foods are fine in moderation but when one is controlled by it, it becomes an emotional issue! (stay tuned)
- Cut designs in vegetables; flowering radishes, cucumbers and tomatoes and cover with a tuna or chicken salad.
- Create your own salad vinaigrettes.
- Teach as they watch you create recipes.
- If safe for them to do so, let them help in the process.
- Create your own chocolate sauce by melting some semi-sweet chips and dunk fruit for dessert.
- They exercised together!
Happy Ending: Her children became her accountability partners as well as her cheerleaders. For every pound lost, they placed a dollar in a jar. When she reached finally her goal, the money was used for a visit to grandmother’s house. It was a win all the way around!
Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”