No Such Thing as Falling off the Wagon

No Such Thing as Falling Off the Wagon

A few weeks ago, I shared that we have kind of “fallen off the wagon” when it comes to not eating out. My friend Stephanie left me this comment:

We have also fallen off the eating out band wagon this holiday season. Or more accurately we’ve climbed on it and ridden it to McDonald’s, On the Border, Chinese take out, Chili’s — basically anywhere our taste buds want to go…

Her comment was written in fun, but it really made me think about it.

We use the phrase a lot in our society–falling off the wagon. Obviously, I’m guilty as well, and it’s just a phrase. But, our words are powerful, and that is something the Lord is constantly convicting me of. When I use the phrase “falling off the wagon,” I am removing myself from responsibility. Falling is something that we can’t control. When I fall down, it’s not a choice. It’s just something that happens to me, and I am a victim.

But the truth is that we don’t just “fall” into those bad choices. We make one conscious decision after another leading us down the wrong path. There is no falling off the wagon, only climbing onto a different one.

As with so many topics, God’s word has something to say about this one. Many somethings, I’m sure, but I’m just going to focus on this one. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

When we are tempted, He is faithful to provide a way of escape. There is no “falling into” bad behavior. When we choose those bad behaviors, we are not only consciously making bad choices, but we are also ignoring the alternative that the Lord is faithful to provide.

Ouch.

Some of you have been reading for a while and know some of my weight struggles. It’s one of the many things in my life that I just can’t seem to follow through to completion, even though I desperately want to honor God with my body because it is the temple of the Holy Spirit. You know that, right? You were bought at a price, and your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor. 6:19-20)

I know this is important. It is important that I honor God with my body. It is important that I honor Him with my actions and not turn to food for comfort instead of him. It’s important for my physical health because I am around 80 lbs overweight, which places me firmly in the medically OBESE category. I have no energy, I can’t run and play with my kids. I’m often out of breath, and it’s ridiculous for an otherwise healthy woman my age to be feeling this badly.

It’s important for my mental health. There is a ton of research out there–both scientific and testimonials that link diet and depression. I truly believe that removing sugars and processed foods from my diet could help me regain my health and life back.

For all these reasons, I need to conquer this. Even if for no other reason than to take back what the enemy has stolen from me and to say, firmly, “NO, Satan you do not have any power or authority in my life.”

And so, here we go again. I’m not Catholic, but I do fast for Lent. I have often given up things that are detrimental to my walk with God, and/or that I feel are strongholds in my life. This year, I am giving up sugar and processed foods. This will include eating out, since it’s nearly impossible to eat out without eating processed foods. My prayer is that the change will last beyond the time of Lent.

My prayer this week (the first week is always the hardest!) is that God will reveal to me His way of escape in each circumstance I face. I will be honest. Food is a major stronghold in my life. It is an addiction in ways that only a few of you will likely understand. And I know that I will need His strength. I will need Him to deliver me and fight the battle for me, just like He promised the Israelites (Exodus 14:13-14).

But I know that He is able. Even though I have failed and failed, He is still faithful and able to help me get through it this time.

Have you gotten off track on something that you have committed to doing in your life? Wherever you are, you can turn around now and start making the changes to get back on track.

Comments

  1. Anonymous says

    Such a beautifully honest article. I love God’s faithfulness to always give the strength we need time and time again. He is with you as you try again. Hugs.

  2. Sara M says

    Thank you for this article. I am also about 80 or so pounds overweight, and struggle with some of the same issues you mention…including wanting to have more energy to keep up with my children. I pray that you will succeed in being more healthy this year & that God will help lead you through this & that you will be able to successfully lose weight. I know I want to be around for my children & grandchildren and need to lose some weight to be healthier. God bless you on your journey.

  3. says

    Bless your dear heart! Oh, I could SO relate to every, single thing you said! The Lord has dealt with me SO strongly along these lines, and I do make a start trying to get the weight off, but then I soon find myself back to square one. Recently, I have been suffering some severe health issues…I’ve ended up at the ER and Urgent Care twice. I always think of that Scripture in Ecclesiastes that says, “in the day of adversity, consider.” I am seeking the Lord so diligently and earnestly that He will reveal all I need to learn through these trials. In my searching…well….you guessed it! He has shown me once again, that I have GOT to get the weight off if I want to live to raise our son. God sent him to us after 12.5 years of infertility struggles, and I so long to be around for him and finish raising him and homeschooling him. Due to some of my health issues, I have HAD to cut way back on eating and have to be very careful right now what goes into my mouth. I think maybe God allowed things to escalate to this point to get my attention. My heart goes out to you SO much in this, as I walk through the very same struggles. Perhaps we can pray for each other, that God will enable us to do what we have not been able to accomplish up until now. It is a new year, and maybe this time, we will succeed! God bless you and give you all you need. :) Love, Cheryl

  4. says

    Great post, Crystal. Will be praying for you, for all of us, to stop being mislead by the good industry that the crisp they sell us and call food is killing us. Keep up the good work.

  5. Lisa McConnell says

    What a great take on an old accepted saying! I agree! I am excited to see your journey during Lent. I am working on getting rid of processed foods also. For Lent I am focusing on, "Is it an excuse or a valid reason?" Which covers the area of food in my life quite nicely!

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Oh, Lisa… I love that–is it an excuse or a valid reason? Definitely something I should ask of myself more often. Thank you for your support!

  6. says

    Crystal, “food is a major stronghold” for me too. I think in those moments when I’m stuffing my face with more food–processed or not–that I’m trying to fill a void that will never be filled with physical food. Only God can fill it. I have to figure out why I’m eating: Am I stressed? Thirsty? Tired? Upset about something? Because most of the time it’s one of those things.

    “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

    2 Corinthians 12:9

    Praying for you, friend!

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Absolutely–there is always a deeper need that food can never fill. I love that verse as well :)

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