This past Friday I finished Whole 30. It’s a month-long diet program eliminating dairy, gluten and sugar from your food. You can have meat, vegetables and fruit. Basically, if God made it you can eat it but if it’s been processed – no. After 30 days you slowly re-introduce those items back into your menu and see how each affects you. It’s not for everyone – I just needed to do it for myself (Sue joined me as well as my 2 older daughters). I lost weight and my blood sugar has gone down. But I used this plan for another reason. Food had become an idol in my life.
Food is God’s gift to us. Nothing wrong with food in and of itself. But when I spoke back in June on commandment #1 – no other gods, I said we all struggle with idolatry. Not idols of wood or stone but idols of the heart that consume our thoughts and motivate our desires. Anything can become an idol. God was convicting me then of this specific idol in my life. I decided it was time to dethrone food. I don’t pretend food is a once-for-all defeated idol. I still like it – still love preparing and cooking it. But my new plan has made me more aware of my cravings and desires. I would still covet your prayers. I have more weight to lose though I’m not currently on Whole 30 Sue and I are implementing some of its strategies in our new menu plans. I want King Jesus to rule my life. That’s a life-long process isn’t it?