Monday, April 22, 2013

Put to death what is earthly in you

Today is the first day of my family's adventure living the paleo life. We orginally decided to start it because it is really just a healthy way of living. We try not to call it a "diet" because it is more a choice to live healthier and eat better. Basically we are eating all naturally, in the hunter-gatherer kind of way.
Throughout my entire life I have struggled with food being an idol. For a long time it was my desire for food that was an idol. I love cooking food, going out to eat food and enjoying things that shouldn't even be defined as food (processed, unnatural junk.) I was and am overweight (although I am working diligently to change that.) When the desire for junk food became an idol and I knew I needed to change I worked hard to create a healthy lifestyle. The problem is that I allowed eating healthy to become an idol as well. I was constantly talking about eating healthy and spending hours cooking healthy things. Now I am not saying that spending time creating a healthy diet is a bad thing, in fact I think that is great. The problem is when we allow eating healthy and creating delicious healthy meals to take up all of our time. I started shortening my quiet times so that I could make a delicious "healthy" breakfast. I spent hours in the evening making tasty, healthy dinners and lunch for the next day, when I could have been spending that time with my family. I was constantly talking about how to be healthy, far more then I was talking about God or spending time with Him. That was when it really become an idol.
So I am really excited for this Paleo thing because it is the way God originally created us to live. I am going to stop focusing on "healthy living" and start focusing on "God living."
We weren't meant to fill our bodies with refined sugars and processed foods, we were created to live off the land and what God provided for us. So as I step into this new experience I am going to get away from the idea that it is a "diet," and I look at it like I am eating the things God designed our bodies to live off of. I am trying to destroy my food idol. It's time to let God take over with this problem and live how he created us to live.

Here's my challenge to you... what is your idol? Maybe it is something that you don't realize is an idol (in my case, food.) Give it to God and ask Him to show you how you can change it. Be proactive and destroy that idol in your life. It won't always be easy, but it has to be done.

1 Corinthians 10:13-14
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry

1 comment:

  1. I feel that we are all guilty of being excessive at times, whether it be excessive eating, excessive spending and in my case it was excessive drinking and smoking, until I found Jesus. I am no longer drinking or smoking and I am so thankful to God for setting me free of this trap and believe he will set you free also. I admire your courage, your strength to share your heart. God bless you x