I come from a family that loves food. Everything we do centers around food. Whenever we are happy, we eat, whenever we are sad, we eat, whenever we are stressed we eat, whenever we have something to celebrate, we eat. That in and of itself is not a bad thing, but I have found myself using food as a way of escape over the years. I was raised to believe that we can take all our problems to God, but yet many times I find myself going to the pantry when I am bored, tired, sad, or frustrated. I picked up a book recently entitled, Made to Crave by Lisa Terkeurst that I wasn’t ready to read in the past. God got hold of me with the first chapter. This quote stuck with me,
What we are craving will always depend on what we are consuming……the object of our desire or God and His Truth.
Wow! Do I turn to God first with my needs or do I turn on the TV and mindlessly waste time trying to forget about my problems. Do I turn to the internet and surf Pinterest or Facebook to get away from it all?(all of this while mindlessly consuming snacks on the sofa) What would happen if I purposefully spent more time in prayer or took a walk when the trials of life come. I could be lifting up my burdens to the Great Burden Bearer instead of worrying or wallowing in self-pity.
She also asked her readers this question that was convicting,
Is it possible that we love and rely on food more than we love and rely on God?
This gave me lots of food for thought. (Pun intended) God wants us to want Him more than anything else in our lives, more than our quest for success, our cravings for food, our addictions to social media, or you fill in the blank. This is new territory for me thinking of my health in this light. I want to be fit so I can better serve God and my family, but it needs to go beyond that: I need to redirect my cravings toward God, keeping Him as the number one priority in my life. Psalm 78:18 reads, ” They willfully put God to the test by demanding the food they craved.” God was talking about the children of Israel here, but this verse can be applicable to me today.
I have decided to get off the couch and get moving! I recommitted to my Hello Mornings group so I have some accountability to get up early and spend some alone time with my Savior. Next, I signed up to run a 10K in February 2014. Then I downloaded a Couch to 10K app on my phone and committed to myself to run at least 3 times a week. I had sort of fallen off the bandwagon with my fitness goals over the summer. I am also cutting my carbs.
I am going to chronicle my journey here on the blog and will try to update you at least monthly on my journey. I will post before and after photos as well. For now, just keep me in your prayers.