I did something this weekend that seriously PAINED me! I threw away perfectly good food. It was food that I did not need. Food that tempted me. Food that makes me FAT when I eat too much of it--which I do!
I had made some cookies and some crushed oreo/cream cheese balls for Mac's Harvest Party at school last week and even after giving some away, I still had a lot left over. I also made some of the Pioneer Woman's apple dumplings last week. After Stephen and I each had a serving, there were lots of those left over as well. To the trash they went.
It's not that I'm big on wasting food, it's just that I got on the scale recently and SERIOUSLY nearly fainted from shock. NEVER have I seen a number as large as what I saw in front of me. Not even close. I just decided "I can't do this anymore".
Of course I want to be physically attractive, but more than that these days, I just want to FEEL good. I'm tired of my feet hurting, trying to catch my breath after going up a flight of stairs, and being uncomfortable in my clothes.
Since I have made several (unsuccessful) attempts at getting rid of this weight, I am really arming myself with scripture this time. Here are some that I am focusing on--AND writing on index cards and taping to my fridge and pantry doors!
"You were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body." 1 Corinthians 6:20
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." ~Hebrews 12:1
"Everything is permissible"—but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible"—but not everything is constructive." 1 Corinthians 10:23
That last verse, especially, has really got me thinking. I want to examine not only the kinds of foods I eat, but also the way I spend my time and my money and ask myself DAILY, "IS this truly beneficial to me?"
Some things are obvious...Nutter Butters dipped in white chocolate may taste good for a moment, but they are not truly beneficial to me. Crushed oreos mixed with cream cheese are YUMMY, but when you are 50 lbs overweight, they are not beneficial AT ALL! ;)
Other things in my life I can examine in light of that verse...choosing whether or not to watch a particular tv show...choosing whether or not MY KIDS should be watching a particular tv show...spending inappropriate amounts of time playing Bejeweled or seeing what all my Facebook friends are up to when there is plenty of work to do in my home...buying something at Target because it's a "great deal"! Ha! Are those things beneficial?
I feel the need to slow down and take a closer look at all the choices I make in my day and ask myself, "IS this beneficial--to me? to my family?" I'm always telling God I want to be a better steward of my time and money and body...I want to take my pastor's advice and turn my good intention into an action starting TODAY! Won't you join me?