I woke up in the middle of the night, rolled over and checked my phone to see what time it was. It was 1:00 in the morning. The first thought that went through my head was oh good, I get to sleep for 4 more hours, but the very next thought in my head craved chocolate and a nice cold Pepsi to wash it down. What?! It’s 1:00 in the morning and I’m not only craving food, but craving nothing but pure sugar. I wish I could tell you that I went back to sleep, but in my half-awake – half asleep state of mind, I got myself out of bed and walked myself over to the fridge, grabbed some Pepsi, and continued to the cupboard where I had a Reeses heart from Valentine’s Day. The distressing part? I know this isn’t the first time. My sister experienced this with me just a few months ago. We were both watching TV and I had fallen asleep. I woke up during a commercial and stated out loud, I want some Oreos. I proceeded to get up and walk into the kitchen to grab some cookies. My sister was amazed and didn’t let me hear the end of it the next morning. Does this sound familiar to anyone? How about the excuse, like I have used for a long time, that I wasn’t really fully awake, or I must not have eaten enough at dinner.
I wish I could blame it on the hormones in my body, or maybe I really didn’t eat enough for dinner. But the truth of the matter? it is my responsibility in how I react to different cravings. If I have a hard time controlling them, then I should be praying to God for His strength to get me through it.
The fact is I know how my body reacts to eating healthy. When I do, after a certain period of time I don't really crave the sugar. So when I look at the overall picture, the end result of giving into my cravings and temptations is my own choice. I have been choosing to eat unhealthy and worse…over-eating especially when I am feeling down or stressed. Not good…
So, besides not treating my body as God’s temple, I am not fully turning to God when my emotional state is…let’s just say…not up to par. Double whammy!!
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I try to rationalize my eating habits as me just liking food. I work out just so that I can enjoy eating, but I think there is a deeper problem here. Yes, I enjoy food. I would imagine about 99% of the population enjoys food, but I can’t keep stuffing my body with cheeseburger after cheeseburger and piles of junk food. Yes, in moderation, but I need to start thinking of treating my body as a temple that carries the Holy Spirit and eating to glorify the Lord and not to take my feelings away.
So today, I am going to take one day at a time and focus on the Lord. I am going to try to make those healthy decisions that will honor God with my body not only with food, but in every area. And when I am feeling upset, depressed, stressed, or full of anxiety, I am going to turn to God and not my cupboards. And to limit my temptations, I am going to remove ALL of the unhealthy foods in my house. If the sugar isn’t there, then I can’t have my weak moments...especially at 1:00 in the morning.
So I ask you, where are you with honoring God with your bodies? Do you struggle with food like I do? Maybe it’s not food, maybe it’s smoking, or drinking too much, or sexual impurity. Whatever it is, let’s take that stronghold of weakness and turn it over to God in obedience...to honor and glorify him and not ourselves. And if we have trouble through our temptations, then we need to remember that God is right next to us holding our right hand. What a comfort that is.
For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.