“Patience is the willingness to suffer” ~Ann Voskamp
I’ve had a bit of a breakthrough when it comes to dieting. I often ran into the problem where I would eat well all day long, but then 9 pm, 10 pm, midnight, 3 am….late nights would hit and I would be hungry. I didn’t know what to do with my hunger and I was tired and frustrated that I couldn’t sleep. Hunger wakes me up in the middle of the night if I don’t appease him, he calls to me, wanting to be my master. And not wanting to be “uncomfortable”; I would eat, forever a slave to my bodies demands.
Lately, I’ve realized suffering isn’t bad. Suffering is what forges us into the holy people Christ calls us to be. Suffering is one of the strongest ways to express love to Christ. Someone who doesn’t love you can give you gifts, they can be nice to you, they can say charming words that tickle your ears; but only one who really loves you; suffers for you. We are most convinced of God’s love when we understand how He sent Jesus to the cross to suffer on our behalf. Christ didn’t refuse to suffer for us.
“Pick up your cross and follow Jesus”….pick up your suffering and hand it to Him as an offering of love. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship” Romans 12:1
It’s impossible to outlove Jesus, no matter how many gifts I give Him, He continually blesses me.
Either way, eating or not eating, there will be suffering. The consequences of an unhealthy body are huge, both socially and physically. We get to choose who/what we are willing to suffer for.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galations 5:22
I heard that there is a reason self-control is at the end of the fruits of the spirits list.
We need to know deeply and regularly we are loved by Christ so we will have strength
Joy is our strength
Peace means our motivations are correctly aligned
Kindness….should write an entire blog post on how teaching my daughter to eat well has taught me to be kinder to myself.
Faithfulness ~how can we go anywhere good if we are not abiding in Him
What Is Self-Discipline (Ligonier Ministries)