Eating My Way Away From God

I read an interesting post on Facebook today by Don Miller. He was talking about the 3 sins that tempt him most. I admire his vulnerability to open up like that to Facebook, but more so to open up like that to himself. It was a short simple post, but it really got me thinking. I need to give you a little background to bring you up to speed on this post.

Before I got married I dropped a decent amount of weight. I went from being about 230lbs to 205lbs (I’m a pretty big guy). Then my wonderful wife thought it a good idea to feed my homemade queso about 3 times a week.. Long cheesy story short, I went back up to about 250lbs within the first year of our marriage. Now I’m not the superficial type, so don’t think that’s what this post is all about.

I’ve been pretty frustrated the last year or so with my weight, and more-so with my lack of discipline to get it off. I’ve hit the gym a couple times, bought my fair share of shakes, consumed plenty of strawberries in smoothie form and l still can’t seem to shake the extra pounds.

Today God spoke to me about what I put in my body. I’ve been searching for a reason to drive me to get into better shape, eat better, that whole deal. I think I have finally found it.

Provers 23:19-21

Listen, my son, and be wise,
and set your heart on the right path:
Do not join those who drink too much wine
or gorge themselves on meat,
for drunkards and gluttons become poor,
and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

I have realized that my physical condition has limited me in ares of my life and stolen joy. A couple ares this was evident in my life was; the amount of time I wasted eating or snacking, not having the energy to do things with friends, being in a bad mood because I was uncomfortable (eating like crap births acid reflux).

One of my favorite parts of The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis drives this point home. The head demon teaches his pupil that when humans he is working on begin to approach something of value, a simple grumble in their stomach is often enough to completely throw them of course. I’m worried that this happens far too often in my life.

So what’s my goal? Eat less, but not to lose weight. I want to eat less to be more aware, more fun, more connected. (I’m gonna write more on this soon…)