I Like to Eat

There is no question, I like food.  I’m sure you do too.  But what is the purpose of the food IImage put in my mouth?  Is it to nourish my body?  Is it to satisfy an unmet need?  Is it my answer to stress?  Why do I open, insert, chew and swallow?

I can rationalize these questions, twist them in various ways and make it sound “okay to do,” but when I opened up my Bible for daily devotions, this scripture caused me to choke!

“But food does not bring us near to God.”  I Corinthians 8:8

I’m busted right there in that Scripture.  Here’s what I mean…

Our bodies need food for nourishment.  Therefore, I should eat what is needed for nourishing my body.  That is the purpose of food.  Food was not design to replace  God. (Take a deep breath if I am pinching you right now…)  The reality is this in my life, when I am stressed, I eat.  There, I said it.  It is out in the open.  When I am angry, I eat.  When I am lonely, I snack.  When I … well, this list could get quite long, so I will move on.

The truth that I am swallowing today and maybe you need to chew on this a bit longer is this:  When I turn to food in my moment of need (stress, anger, sadness, loneliness) I am replacing God with food.  Doesn’t that turn the tables on it and shed light on this verse:

“But food does not bring us near to God,” I Corinthians 8:8

When I emotionally eat, I am putting food first, not God.  Ouch! I need some band-aids over here!  

So, today, I am choosing to ask myself these questions, maybe you will too:

– Am I hungry or do I want to eat because of an emotion?

– Is what I am putting into my mouth going to nourish my body and give it the energy it needs to do all I have to accomplish?

If I answer, “Yes, I am hungry and yes, it will nourish my body,” then I am going to eat it.  However, if I answer, “No, I am not hungry, I am ___________,” then I will choose to not eat it.

The bottom line in life is this:  There are choices.  We control what what we will answer “yes or no” to.

“Choose this day whom you will serve,”  (Joshua 24:15, NIV)

If you want to join me on this new journey of choosing God over emotional eating, leave me a comment.  Let’s do it together, one bite (or not) at a time!