How a Double Cheeseburger Affected my Relationship with Christ

It was sometime in May of 2017. I had just gone to one of my favorite fast food restaurants and ordered my “regular:” a double cheeseburger with just cheese {extra cheese}, a large french fry, and a large caramel mocha coffee with whole milk (I should probably insert here that I’m lactose intolerant–why does dairy have to be so good?!).

I remember bowing my head to pray, and the end of my prayer went something like this: “Please bless this food to the nourishment of my body and my body to your service.” Instead of feeling immense pleasure at the fatty, juicy, greasy deliciousness of a burger in front of me, I felt a pang deep within my spirit…

Bless this food to the nourishment of my body?

It didn’t take me long to research the nutrition information for the food that sat before me. One Google search and a few seconds later, I was staring at some horrifying news. There was no way that I could continue praying the prayer that I had prayed mere moments before in good conscience because the food that was before me was not nourishing to my body whatsoever.

I recently read a quote from Toxic Relief by Don Colbert that says,

“We may be actually starving from a nutritional standpoint, while at the same time becoming grossly obese… Sadly, we really are digging our graves with our forks and knives.”

In May of 2017, I weighed in at 170 pounds… a 5’5” 24-year-old female. I was considered obese for my age and height. I was sick all of the time, and what’s worse, I was super sluggish and tired. I would wake up tired, barely make it through my day (unless I had about five cups of coffee), and then would collapse in bed exhausted… disgusted with myself and the fact that the next day would be more of the same.

May 2017 began my weight loss journey, but more than that, it began something different: God demolishing the stronghold of food in my life. Through this time, God began to show me that this stronghold began a long time ago… way before the scales hit 170. Even as a physically fit and active young girl, I indulged in food that was not nutritiously good for me for various reasons–to temper feelings of sadness, to celebrate accomplishments, to handle stress, and simply because my body craved unhealthy foods.

I believe that we focus so much on weight and having a “perfect body” that we miss the fact that food should be viewed as fuel for our bodies.

Putting non-nutritious food into my body and expecting it to “run” efficiently is like putting gas mixed with water in my truck… it will run for a little while, but eventually, it’s going to “bite the dust” so to speak and experience problems. More than that, it won’t run at its best even before it finally breaks and ceases to run.

As a Christian, I believe that God gave me this body as a means to accomplish work for Him. However, if I choose to put “fuel” in my body that causes it to run inefficiently and ineffectively, I am not able to do the work that He has given me to do each day. I can say from experience that those days when I stayed drowsy, tired, and perpetually exhausted were days that were not spent giving God or others my best service.

So, yes, I began to lose weight… and losing weight felt great… but more than that, I needed to eat healthy to be at my best for God and for others. I needed to eat healthy so that my years on earth would not be cut short due to food-related illnesses. I needed to eat healthy because God’s Word makes it evident that eating healthy is a way to honor God.

Has it been a perfect journey? Absolutely not, but the following verses have helped make that journey a little easier and a little more manageable.

Now, I’d like to hear from you and your thoughts on the subject. Feel free to answer all of the questions below or comment on the few that you feel led to comment on.

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Knowing that the Spirit of God dwells in you and that you are the temple of God, how does that personally affect your food choices?

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

How does viewing yourself as “not your own” empower you to make better food choices?

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

1 Corinthians 10:31

Does viewing your eating and drinking habits as bringing God glory change your viewpoint on what activities bring glory to God, big or small?

“But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”

1 Corinthians 9:27

How can something as “small” as bad eating habits actually ruin our testimony as Christians?

Much love,

Macey

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