The Bible says, "As a man thinks in his heart, so he is" (Proverbs 23:7). It also teaches us, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be changed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2). In other words, God is saying that true change starts within when you decide to make a different choice, take a new path, form a new opinion, or try a different way of doing something. However, you don't immediately become the "new you" the moment you decide to change. Just as there is a process to change your mindset from your current way of thinking, there's also a process to turning your thoughts into reality. You've gone through this process numerous times throughout your life without recognizing what was taking place.
For example, at some point in your life, you accepted, or rather chose to believe, the lies of the world regarding food and bought into the notion that you can eat whatever you want whenever you want or became entangled with an eating disorder. Once you realized you were deceived, you probably tried to reorient your thinking, but you didn't think you could control your cravings or resist the temptation to change your unhealthy eating habits. Many of you lost hope of being set free from eating disorders. Others stopped trying to lose weight because your mind could only envision the overweight version of you and doubted you would ever successfully and permanently lose the weight you've gained over the years.
If you continue to think that way, your situation will not change! You will remain fat, and the inevitable results you fear will follow. Namely, you will eventually need medication for high cholesterol, hypertension, or diabetes. You will need heart surgery. Your leg will be amputated due diabetes. You'll have to learn to walk and talk again after a stroke. It’s the same for people dealing with anorexia and bulimia nervosa. If you don’t see yourself eating healthy meals and living a balanced life on a regular basis, you’ll continue to see food and beverages as the enemy that must be avoided at all costs. Ultimately, your jaded image of food will kill you. Likewise, those suffering from bulimia must first envision a life without throwing up after every meal.
From your perspective, being free of those dysfunctional and life-threatening eating habits probably seems impossible, but God says you can rewrite the story in your mind and think, "A thousand shall fall at my side, 10,000 at my right hand, but obesity, anorexia, and bulimia will NOT come near me" (Psalm 91:7). "For I can do ALL things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13), including losing 50, 200, 400, or even 500 pounds of weight, eating healthy meals every day, and ending the trips to the bathroom to throw up food recently ingested! Once you change your mind, act on your new beliefs. Remember, faith without works is dead (James 2:20). Your behavior is the proof that your mind has been changed. The new you that emerges is evidence that you truly are the product of what you think.
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Ann Wooten Taylor
Ann is an attorney who has been licensed to practice law in the State of Arkansas since 2004, practicing in the areas of child abuse and neglect, special education, and unemployment insurance law. Mrs. Taylor is also the C.E.O. of Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries and a Christian author. Her first non-fiction, Christian book entitled, "Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook" was published and released by Life to Legacy Publishing in 2015. Her second book, the "Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher's Edition" was published and released in December 2016.