Loving The World

How many of you have a problem with eating and weight. This is a battle so much of us fight. Information on positive health habits abounds. Why doesn’t access to so much information help? What is our problem? I know what my problem is. I love food. I use food to manage my anxiety and boredom. I have lived my whole adult life this way. I have given up so many things due to my excessive weight. Why don’t I just stop? Well, I love food. I struggle with different lifestyle changes because I don’t want to change. I want to eat what I want when I want. I want all the sweets I can find. I am not willing to break the bond that food has on my heart.

Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1 John 2:15 (NASB)

Our relationship with food is easy to see. What is harder, is the love we have for other things that also steal life and peace. I hate to admit it, but I love the world. I have often been unwilling to give up the things in this life that provide me security, comfort, and prestige. I want my life in this world to be a certain way, and I protect my position. This sets me up for anger and disappointment when things don’t go my way.  I suspect many of you have this same weakness. We say we are believers, and we probably are, but we are fooling ourselves? Are painting a Christian glaze on the life we have built to please yourself? We are responsible, hard-working, loving, kind, and self-seeking. But, often we overestimate our devotion to God. Oh sure, I am a Christian. I am saved by faith alone. I have a solid Biblical foundation. I understand theology pretty well. What is my problem?

I am having a tough look in the mirror. I know the answer. I need to repent, give up my self-centeredness, and surrender all parts of my life to God. It seems I have done this before, several times. I suspect it in an ongoing, daily decision that must be made. Am I going to serve myself today, or am I going to seek God, serve Him, trust Him, and act in a manner that reflects
the Father?

It seems that today is a good day to reorder my life. Anyone with me?

Lord, I confess my self-centeredness and hardness of heart. Forgive me and soften my heart. Fix my eyes on You. Set my feet on trust in You. Point my steps by faith in the direction You wish them to go. AmenLoving

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