Saturday, 24 September 2016

If you can't give it up, its probably an idol!

Ouch!  Right?!  What is it that you can't give up?  For me it is the scale!  Yes, she says dropping her head in shame!  I have to start EVERY SINGLE morning, hopping onto the scale.

Does this influence my day in any way?  A resounding yesssss!  If I lose weight I am happy and joyful and bounce through the day.  But, I also allow myself more freedom to eat - yup - there is that vicious circle thing happening...

And if I put on weight, I am down and grumpy and.... yes, I eat to make me feel better!  But, alas, that so does not work.

Do I have deep-seated issues that need to be addressed?  No, I don't think so.  My eating is not linked to anything awful in my past.  I would definitely say I am an emotional eater.  I eat when I am happy, sad, frustrated!  Funny thing though, I don't eat when I am angry.  I remember many years ago making that connection and refusing to eat when angry.  Now I can't.  Wish it worked for all the other emotions, sigh....

This post is not about eating though.  Its about the fact that my weight, that scale, and the consequent up and down emotions, filled to the brim with food, is an idol.  This is my truth!  I think about food all the time!!!  I wonder what I am going to weigh when I wake up tomorrow.  And I am so over this kind of thinking!

I don't even know HOW to eat anymore for health because all the experts say this today, and that tomorrow, and a combination of both the next day, and so it goes on....

I decided to see what the bible says about food.  Its going to be a long process because I want to read what the Lord says about food and in what context.  I don't want to create a whole new idol with regards to legalistic thinking, but I do want what God's word says...

What I can say is that every time I pray about this issue this thought comes to mind, "BALANCE in all things".  Cutting out a food group is not balance!  Let me just say....

There are many people who succeed at diet but the people I want to be able to learn from are those who said they gave up trying and forgot about the issues, and moved on, and then the weight started melting off.  Why?  Because they no longer made an idol of food and the how, when, what, how much, etc.

Well, in order for me to even start on this road, I have to give up my idols.  That would be my scale right?!  Can I do it?  I kinda think I have to.

Have you ever noticed that when you start exercising after a long time, briefly you first put on weight?  Well that happens to me, and as the scale reflects this, all that feeling good about exercising goes and I immediately feel fat(ter) again.  Now if I don't weigh myself in those moments, firstly I will notice that feel good feeling in my clothes too and I will feel healthier, slimmer, etc and thus respond better to food for that day!

So, I think the answer, for me anyway, is to get rid of that scale.... NOW!

And, to begin mulling over what to eat or what not to eat, I read this in my quiet time this morning... Ps 81 v 16:  But I would feed Israel with the finest of the wheat;  And with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.

 Yup, so take that banters, wheat is biblical and that's that!  (insert big smiles here)

Anyway, for those of you who struggle with this stuff like I do, feel free to join me as I discover what God's word says about food and let us pray, together, to be released from idols in our lives that bring nothing but bondage.

God bless

Note:  I wrote this post about 3 weeks back and could not put the above into action.  I always think, "Tomorrow I will post this, and then give it up",  or "when I've lost just a little, then I will post this and give up the scale."  Nope, now is the time to act!  Today is the day I let go of this idol...

And, having said that, I hope to fill the empty gaps with God's word and exercise!


  1. God bless you with what you need to do. I can so identify with your post! It was like I was reading about me and how I feel!

    1. Hi Sharon, I think, because of the "worldly" standards we are blasted with continuously, we all battle with this to a degree. But, God has overcome the world, therefore so can we.
      God bless you too

  2. I totally understand all of this. My idol would be social media. It dictates the rest of my day when I check it first thing in the morning! Thanks for the reminder!

    1. Hi Stacy, I can so relate to the social media thing too. So hard to keep a balance there.
      God bless

  3. I totally get it! I've been staying off the scale (pretty much... maybe twice in the last couple of months) and am with you on seeing what God has to say about what I eat.

    1. Hi Esther Joy, well done, good for you. I have managed to avoid the scale for one day now, sigh. My goal is to knock my daily "scale" visit to once a week, and then once a month, etc. I must use it as a tool, and not it use me!
      God bless

  4. Beautifully written and great wisdom my sweet friend!!

  5. This, Tracy: "...let us pray, together, to be released from idols in our lives that bring nothing but bondage." There are so many things that can become idols in our lives - anything that replaces our time and attention on God, that distracts us from single-mindedly pursuing Him - those are idols. For me, worrying itself can become an idol!

    Letting go is so hard - dying to self isn't for wimps!! But in God's strength, we can and will do it!


    (Me? I NEVER get on the scale. I'm terrified to see how much of the weight I lost 5 years ago has come back...yikes!)



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