Kat is enjoying her week of fall break. We went on a short car trip to a town we used to live before Dale and I were married and Kat came into our lives. We enjoyed our day, but that isn't what this post is about.
As we drove around the town, I was presented with a past life. A life that was 99% focused on ME. As we went from place to place in this wonderful little community, the one thing I remember were the restaurants. This is a community that is made up of mostly engineers and factory workers. Needless to say, the food choices were abounding.
I remember what I used to order and how often I would eat out. No wonder during this time I moved up the weight scale until I settled on 50 pounds overweight. It brought back to mind how much of an idol food was in my life. How I would go with the current emotions and eat where ever. How I knew the daily specials at the local dives that made comfort foods like no other.
“Everything is permissible for me”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”—but I will not be mastered by anything. “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food”—but God will destroy them both. 1 Cor 6:12-13
I was mastered by food. I would starve myself for a day, then eat until no end the next - top it off with ice cream. God did destroy both idols for me. The idol of me and the idol of food. It's not that the idols don't try to move back into my life. I must be on watch, guard my heart, listen to God, be in His word and filled with Him.
If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it. Gen 4:7
Sin is waiting for me, waiting for a poor attitude to pounce on me, to get me focused on an idol instead of my God. I must not be mastered by it.