Thursday, January 23, 2014

Permissible... but not beneficial

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We are kicking it off this week.  Reading Chapter 1 & 2 of "Made to Crave" & I'm so ready for this book. 

So far, in the first two chapters, its like I could have wrote this book myself... except for one thing.  I don't have the answers. I could just write the parts on the struggle with food & the cravings & hold it can have.

BUT I'm learning...

I love that Lysa told us that when cravings hit & we want to jump back in the kitchen & check out what's in the cabinet, we need to pray.

I usually don't pray about IF I'm going to eat... only WHEN I eat... & then usually AFTER I eat when I'm miserable full or mad that I just ate what I did.

But a new concept - pray before you even go looking for that food...

& one of the verses that was mentioned was in 1 Corinthians 10:23


Just those first 8 words...
EVERYTHING is permissible... but not everything is BENEFICIAL

The NIV says:  "I have the right to do anything," you say - but not everything is beneficial"

Good News:  We are allowed to do anything, so they say.  That is true, but not everything is good.

CEV:  Some of you can say, "We can do whatever we want to!" But I tell you that not everything may be good or helpful.

We get the idea... we can do whatever we want in life.  Cool. 

I think every teenager is going to write the first part of that verse down & say, SEE MOM!  Its IN the Bible!!!

But wait!!  There's a thing called "consequences"
... OUCH...
do we even think of that when we are doing "whatever" we are allowed... "whatever" we want..

Simple things can turn into a big mess

Drinking is permissible... but when you turn into an alcoholic, is that beneficial?
Buying things is permissible... but when you are neck deep in bills, is that beneficial?
Eating whatever you want is permissible... but when obesity kicks in & health problems happens, is that beneficial?

You can really do that with anything.  Watching TV?  Lifting weights?  Sleeping?  Cleaning?

Everything... EVERYTHING has a line that can be crossed.  Too much of ANYTHING can be harmful...

It is a fact too many carrots can turn your skin orange... see?  Even CARROTS has a point where its not beneficial.
(& all the kids just said, "Amen")

What it all comes back to - which really is eye opening to me - is Free Will...

That funny little thing God gives us in life, in every decision we have.

We are free to make every decision ... even including what we eat.

But like most decisions I know I make in my life, sadly, I don't give a lot of thought to it...

And as I said earlier - I'm learning...

& now, I have this verse around me.  Getting it stuck in my brain.  & when I think what I want to snack on, or what I want to eat for dessert after dinner, I think - is it beneficial?

I'm telling you - just that question alone can be the next fitness craze...

Stand back Shaun T

Shaun T's workout's are beneficial
... for making me hurt all over


  1. I've been hearing a lot about this book and I might just have to download it. I think a lot of people don't realize that self-control goes right along with free will. I have struggled with my weight since I was a teenager and coming to terms with why I eat and why I turn to food has been hard.

  2. I need to post that verse where I can see it often.

  3. I am a HUGE believer in the "happy medium" even though sometimes I have a difficult time finding it for myself.

  4. Love this Rebecca. So grateful to have you journeying through this on your blog. Inspiring. xoxo


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