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Thursday, January 26
By: Lori Ennis

“That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.” – Ecclesiastes 3:13

I’m going to be honest.
I’m not a fan of food.
If you know me, you’re probably thinking, “Of course you’re not. Look at you.”

Because I’m not big. In fact, many often remark about how they wish they had “My problem,” with regard to my lack of appetite.

But the truth is, they don’t. Because through the years, my lack of hunger and neglecting to eat has caused me some significant health issues. It was passed down to my son, apparently, and that’s super fun to deal with as a parent. It’s created tension between my husband and me because if you know him, you know every memory he’s ever made has been tied to food, and I couldn’t care less about food.

He LIVES to eat and I…well, sometimes I eat, and rarely to live. More just to stop the occasional rumbling I’ll have, or satisfy my ridiculous addiction to sugar (which I’m fasting, btw). 
I think America has a problem with its relationship with food in general. So many of us either overeat or undereat. Sometimes we do horrible things to our bodies to repent for our eating habits, and sometimes…sometimes the doctor tells you if you don’t start fueling your body better, you’ll need a liver transplant or may leave your child motherless and you feel shameful and irresponsible.

The scripture above is one that reminds us that food IS a gift of God, and to be enjoyed. We can find satisfaction in and be grateful for the fact that we even have it. And we should.

Because God gave us these amazing bodies to care for and Him to dwell in, and we can be thankful that He has supplied us with the willpower and determination to steward His gifts wisely. Whether that means show self-control, or force ourselves to eat for fuel even if we have no appetite at all, our bodies are temples and we are His image-bearers.

Do you control your relationship with food or does food control you? If you’ve been struggling over either, ask Him to walk with you and bring honor to Him in the healthy choices you make.

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