Encouragement from a Previous Post:
What a joy it was to spend last weekend with both of my daughters, ages 26 and 28. I have this habit of complaining about my body and both my girls always chide me when I do saying:
“Healthy Body Image, Mom.”
I actually really like my body. I’m 51 and it still works. So why am I always complaining about the container I happen to live in? This weekend I realized it’s not my body I dislike, it’s my inner attitudes about food that I dislike. But I don’t want deal with my mental and emotional problems – the sinful thinking – that takes hard soul work – so my body, which is both external and visible gets the blame instead. I criticize it for being fat, for aging, for not meeting the world’s standards of the perfect body when all the while my actual problem is a spiritual problem: lack of self control and moderation.
I wrote back in Janauary 2013 about my lack of moderation – how I could do a low calorie diet but couldn’t seem to live day to day in moderation – in my post A Woman of Moderation, Not – This article on Gluttony from Wikipedia was very eye-opening for me so I want to reprise it for my last, my 25th out of 25 Diet Devos:
What is Gluttony?
Gluttony=Excess. Derived from the Latin gluttire, meaning to gulp down or swallow, gluttony (Latin, gula) is the over-indulgence and over-consumption of anything to the point of waste.
In Christian religions, gluttony is considered a sin because of the excessive desire for food (idolatry is wanting something more than I want God), and its withholding from the needy. Gluttony can be interpreted as selfishness; essentially placing concern with one’s own interests above the well-being or interests of others.
Medieval church leaders (Thomas Aquinas) took a more expansive view of gluttony, arguing that it could also include an obsessive anticipation of meals, and the constant eating of delicacies and excessively costly foods. Aquinas went so far as to prepare a list of six ways to commit gluttony, comprising:
- Praepropere – eating too soon
- Laute – eating too expensively
- Nimis – eating too much
- Ardenter – eating too eagerly (burningly)
- Studiose – eating too daintily (keenly)
- Forente – eating wildly (boringly, like a boor) (In our day and age maybe boringly could mean out of boredom, too)
(I think I have been guilty of them all.)
Encouragement from THE Word:
Philippians 4:5 (KJV) “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.”
Romans 6:12 “Do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts.”
Note to Self:
My real problem is not my body. My real problem is sin. I have not surrendered this part of my life to the Holy Spirit. I’m trying to get it under control all by my onesie, and I’m failing miserably. How can I tap into the power of the Holy Spirit and find victory in this area of my life?
- I have to first admit I’m sinning – that I am a glutton. I have to confess it and then hate the sin enough to repent and turn away from it. (I think a lot of the time I rationalize my overeating by telling myself “I’m not so bad.” I am bad enough that Jesus had to die on the cross for ME!) If I skip this step, I’ll just fall back into my old ways, my old habits and patterns of thinking.
- I have to stay in the battle. I have to guard my heart, my affections. Food happens to be a battle for me. I have to put on the armor of God each day and stay in the battle to eat right. I have to love God (and God’s way of living) more than I love myself and what I want. This is surrender.
- I have realize that this all takes time. There is no instant fix. I have to walk faithfully day in and day out. I can change. I can grow. It isn’t hopeless. I can resist the devil (the world and my flesh) and he will flee from me. Sin will not rule over me. I am free in Jesus Christ. Free to NOT SIN! I can live a DISCIPLINED life. (See Elyse Fitzpatrick’s acrostic for help.)