The more people I talk to, the more people I see who seem to have the same faulty mindset as I do. I usually wake up prepared and enthusiastic. I wake up hopeful that today will be the day that I finally break the cycle and have something click inside of me. But when I mess up (like the other morning when I had what I now refer to as my hash brown breakdown), I just chalk the day up as a failure and wait to start again tomorrow. And sometimes, if it has happened a few days in a row, I’ll mark the whole week down as a failure and make plans to start again on Monday. Call me a defeatist or whatever, but sometimes even one day is too much to ask.
Keeping this thought in mind, a friend of mine (who has lost 80 pounds) made a comment during a Bible study the other day. She wasn’t referring to weight loss, she was referring to just general every day decisions, but it applies to our food choices as well. She said, “Is what I am about to do helping the kingdom of God or harming it?” That seems like a simple way to look at it to me.
Is what I am about to eat helping me to be a healthy and happy person or is it harming me? Is it helping to make my temple a better tool for God to use or am I harming it? If I ask myself this each time I go to put food in my mouth, it becomes a moment by moment decision and if I mess up, then I don’t feel like I have tainted the rest of the day’s efforts.
Oh, and it’s Biblical. Go figure.
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:24