Everyone wants good health, right? But what are you willing to do to get it? As we go into the holidays, we have to be careful not to let the “holiday spirit” turn into a “spirit of gluttony” which will end up making us feel miserable and condemned. Even at Thanksgiving and Christmas, our bodies are still the temple of the Holy Spirit, and we need to let Him guide us in our eating during the holidays. He will tell you when enough is enough. A lot of times when the Spirit speaks, we will ignore Him, and then we feel bad, get results we don’t want, or get on the scale after the holidays and ask, “Why did I do that?” How do I know? Because I have been there and done that. This time, I want to do something different. How about you?
For example, I know that I have wheat gluten issues, therefore, as much as those buttered rolls and that macaroni and cheese will be calling my name, I must purpose in my heart on Christmas Day that I will not heavily indulge in eating those things. In times past, I have not resisted and ended up suffering the consequences. In order to feel my best, I really need to eat meat, vegetables, and fruit. Therefore, I need to think about what can I actually eat, and I must say “no” ahead of time to those things I know will be problems for me (again, after asking for the help of the Holy Spirit). You see, the reason that I am writing this is to put my word out there so that I will be more likely to eat like I am supposed to eat during the coming holiday season. We’ll see how it goes.
The truth of the matter is, we don’t have to overeat or eat things that we know will hurt us and use the holiday as an excuse to overindulge. Here are some things we can do to put safeguards on ourselves during the holidays:
- Plan ahead. Before you get to the holiday dinner site, plan ahead and determine what you will eat and how much you will eat. Think it through in your mind. Most of the time, the holiday meal is pretty much the same from year to year, right? If you know the ham is too salty, and you have high blood pressure, then maybe you need to plan ahead to eat only a small piece or none at all. If you have diabetes, maybe you should only eat a sliver of the carrot cake or ask your host for a piece of fruit. I know it sounds crazy, but what is the Spirit saying to you? When it comes to holiday eating, if you want to feel good at the end of the day, moderation is a necessity.
- Pray. Pray and bless the food before you eat, but also make a point to pray fervently before the big day for God to help you to eat in a way that will honor His temple during the holidays. The Word says the effective fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:16). As the old saying goes, “Much prayer, much power; no prayer, no power.”
- Stay accountable. Ask a friend or family member who will be present to keep you in check. Ask them to call you on the carpet about eating things you shouldn’t eat or putting too much on your plate. Sometimes you have to call for backup and use any means necessary to accomplish a goal. Also, when you put your word out there for others to hear, then you become more conscious of the choices you are making when you eat.
- Make a decree. Make a positive confession and say, “I will eat in moderation this holiday season and feel great when I get up from the table.” Job 22:28 says, “You shall decree a thing and it shall be established unto you.” Romans 4:17 says, “Calleth those things that be not as though they were.” Even if you have never been able to eat moderately in the past during the holidays, who’s to say this year can’t be different? Speak what you want into existence.
These are some things that may help you to keep a covenant with yourself and allow you to be able to tell your family and friends, “I had a really good holiday. I am so thankful to God, and really proud of myself that I ate well.” But regardless of what happens, on Christmas Day and every day, we need to remember that Jesus was born to die for us so that we can walk free of condemnation regardless of whether our behavior is perfect or not. So if you “slip up,” know that you are still covered by the blood. But we should never use that grace as a license to go crazy just because it’s holiday time.
Do I have anybody out there who is willing to take my challenge? Leave a comment below about how you plan to honor God in your eating during the holidays.
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