Years ago, I watched a documentary about a man who ate fast-food three times a day for 30 days. The documentary captured his weight gain, and medical test results revealed negative changes to his blood and cholesterol levels. As if things couldn’t get worse, the documentary also showed how various fast food products didn’t mold or degrade, even months after purchase.
What I saw was powerful, and I couldn’t unsee it. For months afterward, I felt an incredible tension every time my kids wanted to eat out. Happy kids + super convenient versus tired mom + time spent cooking at home.
Most people don’t eat at fast food restaurants for every meal, but we do feel tremendous struggles around food and weight. Every January, many people begin new meal plans or exercise regimens. We know what we’re supposed to do. We even know what will happen if we don’t do it. Yet, our failure to stick with healthier eating habits is one of the most common struggles among Americans, especially compared to other nations.
Of course, many of us are dealing with deeper, more difficult issues.
As we continue our series, “The Struggle is Real,” Lead Pastor Ben Snyder talked about the spiritual vision that we need if we’re going to find freedom and victory in our greatest struggles. If you recall, Ben defined our struggle in three ways:
- Wanting what we don’t have.
- Having what we don’t want.
- Not wanting to do what we know we need to do.
How many of us have deep frustrations because we keep applying surface fixes to a spiritual problem? We forget that our bodies are physical, mental, AND spiritual. This means that our deepest struggles require a divine solution. There’s great wisdom about this recorded long ago:
Proverbs 29:18 (MSG)
If people can’t see what God is doing,
they stumble all over themselves;
But when they attend to what he reveals,
they are most blessed.
God invites us to see things differently. God doesn’t do band-aids, but instead he invites us to be changed from the inside-out. Consider your struggle. Whether it’s your physique, mental health, relationship issues, or financial matters, he invites you to ask him to give you spiritual vision. As you begin to see your struggles and surroundings differently, you’ll begin to feel more alive and see yourself the way that God sees you.
What struggle frustrates you because you just can’t consistently do what you know you need to? Which aspects of your struggle are physical, mental, and spiritual?
If you haven’t considered the spiritual roots of your struggle, pray and ask God to help you see them.
If you can’t identify some of the spiritual aspects of your struggle, invite a wise, trusted person to listen and ask questions to help you figure it out.
Dear God, I have missed the mark of righteousness many times. Yet while I was still separated from you, you loved me and sent your Son to die for me. Thank you, Lord. Do not allow me to act proud. Today, I offer my broken spirit to you, for you alone can make it whole. I come to you in repentance, knowing you see me as perfect because of your Son’s sacrifice. Heal me, God, and teach my heart to break for what breaks yours. In your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.
For today’s prayer focus for parents click here.
This post was written by Barb Roose. Barb worked on staff at CedarCreek for 14 years before transitioning to becoming a full-time speaker and author four years ago. Barb attends CedarCreek every single weekend that she isn’t on the road traveling and is so proud of her church!
Leave a Comment?
We would love to hear how the LivingItOut is making a difference in your life. Let us know how today’s post inspired, challenged, or encouraged you by leaving a comment here.
Want to be a part of the LivingItOut team?
We are always looking for people who are passionate about writing and proofing to serve on the LivingItOut team. If you are interested, email LIO@cedarcreek.tv today!