Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. THEN you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 NIV.

Photo courtesy ryanrado.wordpress.comTwo months ago I cheated. I had jumped back on the Eat Right bandwagon after Thanksgiving, but just two weeks in I couldn’t take it anymore. Despite the fact I was eating “right,” my flesh still wanted sugar. A few days later I was driving when I heard a preacher on the radio say, “Good things sometimes cross over into sin when we begin using them for purposes God never intended.” The question rang in my head, What is God’s purpose for food?

The answer was instant: To sustain and promote growth and good health. My next thought was convicting: The things I WANT to eat do not promote good health. Having an occasional dessert is not a sin, but eating a diet of fatty foods definitely is not using food for God’s original purpose. I realized my lack of joy was not what was going into my mouth, but what my mind was thinking. I needed a new mindset.

Romans reminds us not to conform to what the world insists of us, but to be different. Strong in what God wants for us. Applicably speaking, I was being called to “put down the ho-hos and grab a salad” (April Estes version). The way I was thinking had to change. I had to renew the way I was looking at food . . . not through fleshly eyes, but through godly eyes.

So now, before every meal, I say to myself: This is a chance for me to get foods in my system that are going to make me strong, smarter, fight cancer, etc. I started focusing on the BENEFITS of the healthy eating, instead of the NEGATIVES. My new mindset made eating the healthy foods seem like a blessing. It made me focus on the joys of healthy eating. Over time, I was even able to not only not miss the bad foods, but also see that eating healthy was reaping good things in my life.

Look at the things in your life and ask if you are using them for the purposes God intended? It might open your eyes, as well as shrink tour waistline.

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April Estes (2)April Estes lives in Knoxville, TN, with her hubby and four children. When not running the kids around, she enjoys writing, scrapbooking, and paddle boarding.


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February 20-22, 2015

The Billy Graham Training Center, Asheville, NC