A couple friends of mine have mentioned lately that they have been trying to find the “source” of their overeating (or whatever stronghold they are dealing with). And so I think that I’m gonna decide if that is something I need to do as well, and well I might as well think it through on here…
So, one friend said that she discovered that her over eating was because she grew up in a house with no rules. She was supposed to eat whatever made her happy. Now she really enjoys the “rules” of a system like Weight Watchers because it gives her structure to an area of her life where she felt she could be indulgent before as her one area of “freedom”.
And this makes me think of another friend of mind who adopted a toddler boy from Africa. She was counseled to let him eat whenever he wanted because he might come from a situation where he was a) unable to get food or b) denied food. Naturally this is a case also where looking at his past will influence her decisions with feeding him for years to come.
And now on to those of us who might not have had a terribly structured or unstructured home life when it came to eating and don’t have anything particularly scarring on our pasts. Should we delve into our pasts to, for lack of a better word, “blame” someone or something for our overeating?
Honestly, I still don’t really know. After all, I’m not a counselor or a nutritionist. All I know is that I am a Bible reader, soooooo I’m just gonna see what the Word has to say about it.
And there is this one instance that I can recall of when Jesus heals someone and the past is discussed. Jesus and his disciples are walking around and they see a man who had been blind since birth. The disciples want to know who is to blame for the man’s blindness (because it was pretty much believed that someone’s sin caused their illness), and Jesus replies:
“It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.” John 9:3
So, I’m not sure if I should “blame” my parents, the girls that were mean to me in elementary school, the media, Satan, etc. or if I should let it go. But I do know that either way, I want for it to enable people to see the power of God in me.