In Part 1 of this blog series, we talked about the idea of how we should honor God by honoring our bodies. Each of us make up the body of Christ with our own individual bodies. If you did not get a chance to read it, you can read Part 1 here.
From my own experience, a diet has held little interest with me. Most people come to realize that diets can be enormously successful in the short-term, but over the course of a couple of years, they almost always fail. For the most part, people tend to gain back all the weight they lose.
You often see this when celebrities succeed in losing weight, write a book about their break-through, and then, two or three years later, look just like their pre-diet selves. Seems silly to even try to lose weight.
Most dieting books will ask, “What does my body need?” This is an entirely appropriate question, but an even better questions would be, “What eating habits are healthiest for my soul?”
Food is an important topic or it would not be found so many times in the Bible. Here are a couple of examples:
Proverbs 25:16 (NIV)
16 If you find honey, eat just enough—
too much of it, and you will vomit.
Proverbs 25:27-28 (NIV)
27 It is not good to eat too much honey,
nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep.
28 Like a city whose walls are broken through
is a person who lacks self-control.
Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein made a very astute observation when he said, “The human body is the best picture of the human soul.”
We need to develop a new relationship with food altogether. We need to see food as more of an aspect of life and not the reason for life. While food ultimately is fuel for our physical bodies, it is also something we accept as a pleasurable and good gift from God. There is evidence of His care for us in that His provision of food goes beyond necessity to include aspects of His generosity and kindness. We need to remember that our use of food is something that, due to our sinful nature, can imprison us, assault us, and take years off out lives.
As we continue in this series, I have two more challenging questions that I would like us to ponder. The answers may not come to you easily. It might be something you will need to spend some time with God in prayer and ask Him to answer them for you.
What is my relationship to food and exercise?
What eating habits are the healthiest for my soul?