Genesis 3:6 (KJV)
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes,… she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat…
Just as in the above Bible account of woman and food, I have fallen to the lure of fresh fruit. I seem to have over-indulged this week and have a 1 pound gain to prove it. Watermelon, fresh cherries, bananas, strawberries… oh, and the FRESH FIGS off the trees in the yard. We certainly can’t forget them since they are absolutely LOADED with sugar. I can justify my behavior by lamenting, “But fruit is a FREE FOOD on WW!” Yes, it is, but it is still loaded with calories. Even though it does not cost me “points”, it does still increase my caloric intake. “But summer fruits are so yummy and plentiful right now, and they won’t be around in a few months!” Yes, but the facts are still the facts. “But they are so good for you!” Yes, but so also are tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, etc. which we also have plenty of right now.
Fruit has been placed on the throne of my life this past week, and today it is being “dethroned”! What part of “addicted to food” do I not get? Even good foods in excess, and eaten when I am not really even hungry, are a cause for concern. The poor behaviors I have worked so hard to change in the last several months are trying to return, sneaking in through the guise of “good for you foods”. The thing is, when I reached for those fruits I sometimes could plainly hear the voice of the Holy Spirit reminding me of the above facts, and I just chose to ignore it because “fruit is good for you and it is a free food”. What WAS I trying to feed? It certainly wasn’t my body in many cases, because I realize now often I was not hungry when I reached for the fruit.
No more of THAT, Missy! Today I remind myself that this journey is as much a spiritual battle as it is a food battle. I prayerfully repent and place Jesus back on the throne of my heart. My obedience to His call to live a healthy life style is the number one indicator as to exactly Who or what sits on the throne of my life. Before I reach for food, I must stop and see if I am really hungry or just wanting to eat. If hunger is indeed the cause, then I must reach for the cherry tomatoes rather than a big load of fruit. It is funny that I will eat a whole handful of cherries, but only 4 or 5 tomatoes.
I’ve recognized the problem, indentified the underlying issue, repented, and am moving on toward my goals. I will not beat myself up over this, for condemnation is not from Jesus, but I will remember this lesson and move forth in wisdom. Next week’s weigh-in will be better.
Cherry tomato, anyone?
Have a blessed week!