Running Away From God

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 on the shipJonah thought his sin of rebellion wouldn’t affect anyone. Wasn’t true. The storms of life affected the innocent ones around him.

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)

Jenny began to include her children in her healthy living process which educated them as well.  Here are a few actions they incorporated into their routine:family preparing meal

  • 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.”

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4 thoughts on “Running Away From God

  1. I appreciate Kelly your focus in regard to Jonah, we are not to disobey God or sin, (1John3:9 ) we have been set free but I’m sure you will agree, we all need to eat but we can either fear food and so as you said, it then becomes a bondage and controls us or we can enjoy it and thank God for it as a blessing but eating or not eating certain types of food or amounts of food will not bring us closer to God or push us away. He does not value us like fleshy man does or those who are immature do, it’s not our outward appearance that pleases Him or what we eat but what is within us, it’s about His Love and this is the same with those who know His Truth and accept it into their heart, they do not value us any less by how we look or by what our measurements are, even if the world does.

    Yes we do need to limit what we eat in regard to health but not for our acceptance to God and others. Gluttony in Scripture is not just about being overweight, nor is being overweight always about sin.

    Romans 14:16-18 Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; for the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but Righteousness and Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.

    1 Corinthians 8:8 But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse.

    For God understands our weaknesses and shortcomings and does not judge us as others sometimes do. He is Loving and compassionate and also understanding of our inner pain and what motivates us to do what we do. He wants to heal us and complete us in Christ Jesus, even in regard to our overeating for emotional reasons or because of fear and also because of lack of self -worth, which often the weight loss media promote, if you don’t look good on the outside then your not and your a failure or to some even a sinner.

    We also need to remember sometimes weight can be physical and caused by our metabolism and what is the norm and acceptable for some is not for others, even our bone structure is different, we are all unique as is our D.N.A.

    God does not give us a Tape measure to be acceptable, He gives us The Holy Spirit when we ask Him believing He keeps His promises.

    Christian Love from us both -Anne

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  2. Ellie – wonderful as always – I think this issue must be on the heart of the Father right now. Recently I was thinking and writing about how our generation has become very relaxed about all kinds of sin, not really making the sin-death connection for example, and not being willing to refer to sin as “sin”…applies to a lot of flesh-centered behaviors, including eating. I agree with your wisdom – it isn’t an opportunity to feel condemned, it’s a chance to create a witness in a new area when we battle challenges like health and eating.

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