I think that we can all agree that food is one of the many wonderful things that God has allowed us to experience as humans. It’s a big part of our life. We gather our food from our backyard garden or at the supermarket. Then we store this food carefully in our homes. Putting the freezer, refrigerated, and pantry items in the correct places. We prepare, bake, saute, or go through the drive-thru. No matter what your skill level is in the kitchen, we can all acknowledge that we need food.
We need nourishment from foods and hydration from water to stay alive. It’s obvious that we were born for a natural hunger. I know this well as I’m currently nursing my new baby. Even though she can’t talk, walk, or even hold her head up, she knows that she needs to eat.
So, why did God create us with such an eagerness to eat? How do we fight the temptation to overeat?
Luke 12:29-31 says, “And do not set your heart on what you eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.”
This verse speaks volumes to me because I tend to always think about what I’m going to eat next. These thoughts are not always what I’m going to indulge in but rather what’s healthy and what will help me lose the baby weight. But I’m still worrying. My thoughts are consumed with what I’m eating and drinking. Maybe you can relate.
Of course, as moms it’s our job to feed and care for our family. We should continue to serve them in this way by being prepared but this is a personal challenge. I know it’s hard to think of only yourself because we tend to always think of everyone else. But take a moment to think about how you view food in your life.
Do you find yourself at Starbucks on a daily basis because you feel like you deserve a reward for surviving a difficult morning? Do you rush through putting your children to bed because you want to eat that leftover cake in the fridge while binge watching Gilmore Girls?
Let’s stop viewing food as an escape from the trials we are facing. Let’s run to God with these struggles instead of that sweet treat that is only enjoyable for a moment. Our relationship with Him should always be where we run to first in the good times and the bad.
If you love coffee like I do, offer to meet a friend once a week to encourage each other through the challenges of parenting. Maybe even bless her by buying her coffee. Let’s honor God while sipping on our delicious coffee drinks.
If you love to bake, make some treats for your lonely neighbor and spend some time with them.
Let’s not let food distract us from our calling.
This challenge isn’t only for those that struggle with eating junk foods.
Even a healthy lifestyle can cause us to be distracted. I’ve been following Trim Healthy Mama for a few years now and many times I obsess over what I’m going to eat that is “on plan”.
I’ve began to feel convicted over the way that food has become an idol in my own life. I hope that we can encourage each other and that this will bless you in your own journey to making your life more about eternity and less about the next meal.
Let’s start this new year with a heavenly mindset. You were made for so much more than just eating good food or losing a few pounds.
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