Have you ever felt like certain foods had some sort of power over you? That you have to have a strict “no tolerance” policy with certain foods in order to keep your diet under control? In this article by Nancy Clark, a registered dietician who specializes in nutrition for exercise, health and the nutritional management of eating disorders and a specialist in sports dietetics, discusses how accurate nutrition education can help you create less restrictive yet more productive and healthy food choices.
Food does NOT have power over you, but there is something that will use anything, including food, to gain control over your mind, body, and spirit. We often buy into this world’s idea that it is our control, or lack thereof, that makes us who we are…we are “better” if we can “resist” certain things. At the same time, we are given the message that we “deserve” some of these same things as indulgences of our “cravings”. We spend so much time resisting or indulging in the cravings of things in this world, that we do NOT spend the time focusing on the things that matter for eternity…
“God’s kingdom isn’t a matter of what you put in your stomach, for goodness’ sake. It’s what God does with your life as he sets it right, puts it together, and completes it with joy. Your task is to single-mindedly serve Christ.” (Romans 14:17 The Message)
I believe that God cares about what we put in our bodies just as much as He cares what we DO with our bodies. But, what we DO or DON’T DO and what we EAT or DON’T eat, does not make us more/less worthy, more/less deserving, of the gift of God’s grace. God’s gift to us through His Son, Jesus, is a gift freely given. This gift contains true POWER that can stand up to ANYTHING that tries to pull your focus away from your Heavenly Father who created you, mind, BODY, and spirit.
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. (Ephesians 1: 18-21)