“Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!”
Your appetite for secret food isn’t about your stomach, it’s about your heart.
It is subtle when it happens. You may have had a tough day and on your commute home you pull into a convenient store, fill up with gas, walk in to pick up something to hold you over until dinner. There is almost nothing in a convenient store that is healthy to eat, so you grab some junk food. Typically, it’s food that you were denied when you were young.
If you’ve read my book, FivestarMan—The Five Passions of Authentic Manhood—you know that Reese’s cups are a sensitive issue for me. More than a few times, I’ve grabbed a four pack of Reese’s for the comfort food. I sit down in my Suburban, open them up and down them in four bites. Food eaten in secret is delicious!
We’ve previously talked about the Hebrew word for heart means the seat of purposes, seat of appetites, and seat of emotions. The alignment of the seats are extremely important to manage them properly. If they are in the reverse order, a man will be confused and pervert his purpose.
Eating disorders are normally applied to young ladies; however, as I’ve traveled around the country, it’s obvious that men are suffering from dysfunctional diets. I suspect that it is tired to emotional insecurities that they are unwilling to deal with on a serious level. I must admit that I’ve been guilty of allowing the stress of life to cause me to gain weight.
A few months ago, after a foot injury, I made an appointment with my physician to design a plan of action regarding my health, and more specifically, my weight. I changed my mindset regarding the purpose for food and exercise. I no longer eat for enjoyment, nor for comfort. My exercise is for conditioning, not for weight loss.
I’ve learned to cast all of my cares upon the Lord. It can sound trite, but it is true. I’ve learned to lean into the Lord for my comfort and emotional sustenance.
Properly align your purpose, by dictating your appetites.