…give thanks in all circumstances, 
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:18
It comes back again and again to gratitude, to giving thanks. You see, when I give thanks or gratitude to God, I assume a humble posture. God is the giver. I am the one so blessed. He gives what he gives according to His wisdom at the proper time and I praise Him for that. I can’t give thanks to God and grab for “my rights,” “my food,” “my smaller size” at the same time. When I give thanks, I esteem HIM. He is lofty. He is exalted. I am in the place where I should be.
In HEAL lesson 6 on page 111, Kenon (who shares an incredibly powerful testimony, I might add), says:
Each day overflows with gratefulness in the face of significant losses and challenges.  He has shown me, time and again, that our abundant life is rooted in his presence.  No matter the circumstances, his love is confirmed and his beauty shines through me as mine is set aside–what a privilege.

You see, no matter what we may face, we have His presence, His love, His beauty to enjoy. Kenon has gone through numerous bouts with cancer and chemotherapy. She knows what she is talking about.

Meanwhile, I fuss about how little food I “get to eat”–I don’t require much! There is something seriously wrong with my perspective. I am so thankful for people like Kenon who boldly speak the truth, praising God as the giver of every good and perfect gift in spite of incredible hardships.

There is so much discussion of “How to Know God’s Will”  (21 MILLION entries for that on Google alone!!!) and yet in this short verse (1 Thessalonians 5:18) we are told…give thanks in ALL circumstancesTHIS IS God’s will. It is a path to peace (Psalm 119:165) as, when I take the posture of humility, I recognize God’s authority and right to rule in my life. This is huge. My struggle with food, eating and my body is just a way of being distracted from God’s right to rule my life.

When I CHOOSE to give gratitude each day, when I CHOOSE to praise and THANK the Lord, I am transformed from the inside out. No amount of external “control” tools (charts, graphs, scales, etc.) can come near to transforming me as much as this can.