Written by Kelly Tull
Recently I listened to Heidi’s interview with Claire Urig and her take on “good food” versus “bad food.” Claire talked about cupcakes being in detention while kale was out saving the world. Though funny, it made me realize how legalistic I had become with the nutritional value of food. I had the same pedestal thinking!
I have been far from ever being a true health nut, mind you. But that didn’t stop me from trying to be a vegetarian or even a fruitarian! I had even bought cookbooks on how to sneak these righteous foods into my children’s fare without them supposedly knowing. That didn’t work out so well.
Was the food organic? Was it non-GMO? Was there enough calcium or vitamins or proteins in the food? Would I give my family cancer if it were the “wrong” food?
This way thinking actually became unhealthier than the food I was so worried about! It was slavery.
So, I tried relentlessly to “eat clean” but then the urges would come. I would sneak cupcakes and cookies out of detention hall and then end up feeling like I needed to go to the principal’s office. I would resign myself to self-imposed punishments of P90X, Insanity, Running, 100 squats you name it! I even heard my husband say on several occasions “you never put anything bad into your body.” Was he ever wrong!
I had a hard time believing that my deception got to that level. It was all talk.
God helped me to see that I was more worried about the content of my food than the content of my own heart. I didn’t think I was enslaved because so many people were doing the same thing. Yet, He showed me I was indeed trapped by my own sin, and that I was putting my hope in the food.
The Bible verses He led me to read, began unlocking my chains.
Proverbs 4:20-22; “My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, KEEP them within your heart; for they are LIFE to those who find them and HEALTH to a man’s whole body.” (NIV)
Now I know that God will direct my eating and that not all foods are necessarily beneficial for me. But not everything that is packaged, non-organic, sweet, salty, or cheesy needs to be in jail with a life sentence either.
What about you? Have you struggled with the content of your food? Are you fearful of letting the Holy Spirit be your guide? Are you afraid to eat certain foods when God might be saying that it’s perfectly okay? Why not trust Him, beginning today, to keep you healthy?
Kelly and her husband Bill live in Cincinnati, Ohio. The have 4 children, with one in college while the others are home schooled. They have two dogs, a cat and a snake. Kelly works part-time with senior adults with Visiting Angels and runs a busy cosmetic business online. Women’s ministry and TW are her passions as well as writing and working with Emmaus ministries.