I hope you had a Merry Christmas. As we head into the New Year, I want to encourage you if you’re struggling with food choices and the dreaded “d” word. Diet.
For years I struggled with my weight. And I felt like a failure. Why couldn’t I get a handle on this?
Have you ever been in this place?
If so, I have 2 resources for you. First, my book Made to Crave- satisfying life’s deepest desire with God not food. This isn’t a “how to” get healthy book. It’s a book designed to help you find your “want to.”
Then to keep you going after the 19 chapters of the book, I’ve written a new 60 day Made to Crave Devotional.
Today, I’m celebrating the release of this new book by giving away a set of Made to Crave and the Made to Crave Devotional to five randomly drawn commenters.
Just leave a comment below about one courageous new “healthy” choice you plan to make this New Year. I’ll announce winners on Monday.
Also, I’m doing a free webcast, Monday Jan. 9th, called No More Excuses. To sign up, look to the right in my side bar or click here. Seriously, you don’t want to miss this! I’ll be giving you the Biblical motivation for making healthy changes this year and Dr. Chilton will give us the 5 best healthy choices we can make heading into 2012.
But before you leave your comment, here’s a sneak peak from Day 25 of the new Made to Crave Devotional…
Day 25 – The Courageous Choice
Recently I had the most interesting conversation with a friend of mine who lives in Hollywood. This person lives in the midst of glitz, glamor, and extreme excess. They very much live in that world but refuse to live like that world. They are determined to teach their kids something rare… the courageous choice.
Throughout this conversation, I kept thinking about our courageous choices with food.
You see, there are two kinds of courage. There’s the courageous act, which is what makes our heart beat fast when the knight fights the dragon or the firefighter rushes into the burning building. These are extreme events most of us won’t ever face. And because most of us aren’t put in positions to participate in a courageous act, we don’t necessarily think of ourselves as courageous.
But there’s a second kind of courage that dare I might say is widely available but not widely embraced. It’s the courageous choice. This is the decision to do the right thing even when it’s unpopular, uncelebrated, and probably even unnoticed.
The right thing is to make healthier choices for ourselves. The right thing is to find the satisfaction to our deepest needs with God not food. It’s the choice to walk willingly on the path of discipline in the area of our food choices. It’s coming to the realization that changes need to be made and making those changes in the quietness of our pantry when no one else is looking.
It’s me respecting myself enough to be courageous for me.
When I am courageous for me, I am sticking a stake in the ground and saying I’m more than the sum total of my screaming taste buds. My heart doesn’t want that junk food. My arms don’t want that junk food. My legs don’t want that junk food. My soul doesn’t want that junk food.
And my hiney certainly doesn’t want that junk food.
It is possible to silence the screaming taste buds. It is possible to quiet the battle in our minds. It is possible to make the courageous choice. It is possible to stand in that pantry and declare you were made to consume food but food was never meant to consume you.
And then make it again.
And then make it again.
You are courageous. Now, go out and prove it to yourself.
What new courageous “healthy” choice are you going to make today?