Anyone who knows me knows that I love food!
Food is incredible! I love that there aren't just a few choices of food to eat but a huge variety of delicious, scrumptious meals to enjoy. I especially enjoy ethnic food! I am almost willing to eat anything but mayo. That's an entirely different level for me. We have so many different restaurants in the city where I live. And I really like how God made different people from different backgrounds and cultures with the awesome gift of cooking.
Our society loves food. We can't count the number of restaurants around the city, let alone the world. Often times than not we find ourselves at some type of eatery several times a week, followed by buying a ton of groceries, snacks, drinks, etc. Some of us are healthier than others, yet nonetheless are still in a similar spot. We have buffets all around us, offering us a ton of food for a low price. And I know that while we enjoy eating, while we fill ourselves with healthy or unhealthy meals, too many times we are either overeating, or trying to fill a void.
As previously stated on my "nine months" blog, I had a rough year. This rough year has resulted in me not always going to the Lord to find contentment and rest. At times, it had me running to the local food spots, spending an insane amount of money on food, along with cooking, and eating desserts multiple times in a day, trying to find temporary comfort. Moderation was non-existent for a while. And mix that with not working out and not having self-control and more overeating and you get weight gain, depression, and less satisfaction and contentment in the Lord.
The sin of gluttony effects my physical and spiritual. Physically, poor eating or overeating can result in high blood pressure, tiredness, weight gain, and a myriad of other things. But the physical at times is a reflection of what is happening spiritually, the matters of my heart. Spiritually my run to more and more food, while lacking any desire of obedience to the Lord and a striving for holiness reminds me of my lack of desire for God and his will and instead it ends up being more of me just wanting to get what I want.
It reminds me of Genesis 3 and Romans 1. Eve willingly ate the fruit because she thought God was keeping something from her. She exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and tried to find satisfaction from things below and not above. She ended up worshiping the gift and not the giver, yet was shown mercy . Similarly to Eve, though was once separated and now joined to Christ and know him for myself, there's still an issue at times of trading the Glory of God for created things. I'm not saying that food isn't to be enjoyed. As I said earlier, God made people who make good things that point us back to him. But we can easily idolize those things.
Sometimes I end up beating myself up because I strive at times to not do it instead of aiming to please God. I end up trying all these weight loss strategies, with no motive of Glorifying the Lord. Yet I am refreshed that God is a God of Grace and Mercy. The thing to most be reminded of is that our goal isn't to just not eat certain food, not eat unhealthy, or even become "ripped" as some people say, but to beat our bodies into submission, to desire God more than our idols, and to aim for holiness, because that's ultimately the main thing God is doing in our hearts.
The heart of the matter is that Christ is enough, and he gives us joy in himself. That may come through a nice dinner with friends or family or through enjoying him as I workout. Either way the goal is him. I pray more that I would be like Christ in saying "My food is to do the will of my Father who sent me."