Filling The Holes
We have all been there. When we feel discontent and down, like something is missing. We try to fill the holes with more things, a bigger house, a nicer car, a better job, tastier food, and the list goes on. The hole seems to be filled temporarily, and then like a pot hole, collapses again at the first sign of a heavy weight or an intense storm. In the weight loss clinic I used to work in we tried so many behavior modification techniques, we tried various “self talk” phrases, we tried positive thinking. Many of my clients would do well for a time, but then the old habits would creep back in.
What was the real problem? As I worked with hundreds of people, the answer was clear. These people were still searching to fill this hole. The habit of filling it with food kept returning over and over. There was no heart change behind the desire to fill that hole with food. Food does temporarily comfort, it temporarily makes us feel better, and it temporarily satisfies. The key word here is temporarily. Yes, we need food to survive, and we should enjoy what we are eating. But is it something you are enjoying more than God? Has it become your way to fill HIS hole? Have you called out to God to ask him to help you?
Psalm 90:14 says, “Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.”
The psalmist is asking God alone to satisfy. Shouldn’t we be doing the same thing day after day? God’s love is ultimately what will fill that hole. None of the things of this world are as amazing as His unfailing and steadfast love. Food is definitely not the thing to fill it. Have you asked God to help you in your struggle with food? When you call on him, he will answer you.
Psalm 17:6 says, “I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death.”
Isn’t that AMAZING? God will answer us when we call on him.
What Can I Do?
First, remember that it is absolutely OK to include some of those not so healthy foods sometimes! Those unhealthy become problematic when they are more important than other things. To understand if you need to make a change, ask yourself these questions:
- Am I eating this food to deal with some other emotion? Some examples may include: stress, sadness, or loneliness.
- Is this food going to fill me up so that I am not hungry for the foods my body really needs?
- How am I going to feel after I eat this? If the answer is guilty, you should explore that. Why would this food make you feel guilty? Who told you that you shouldn’t eat it? What harm will it do?
Next time you are not hungry and you feel like you want to eat all those cookies, which will you choose? The cookies, which will be gone quickly, not satisfy, and result in an unhealthy body. Or, the God who loves you, died for you, and satisfies your soul forever? I pray for each one of you reading this that you will choose God. Every time you chose God, you will grow in your faith, you will grow in your love for yourself, and you will release yourself from the unhealthy relationship with food.
- Pick one of the verses above and write it on a notecard. Place it near the food you struggle with, or on your refrigerator.
- Pantry makeover time! Get rid of those foods that you know will not satisfy you. Clean our your pantry today! Think about getting rid of the processed carbohydrates like cookies, crackers, and other snacks. Replace them with nuts, seeds, and dried fruits.
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