(Being very transparent with this one, but my honesty may help you.)
I understand the phrase “comfort food” all to well. You see, in many ways, food makes me happy. There have been many days that my only friends were a bacon cheeseburger and a butterscotch malt. Other days, the only one to listen to me cry was a plate of nachos.
I really like the way I feel when I eat, so when I’m upset or stressed, that’s what I do. When its time to celebrate, I load up my plate. It is all about the sensation. In fact, I don’t drink soda necessarily for the taste; I love the way the bubbles feel on the back of my throat. Its comforting.
In other words, food (namely junk food with empty calories) is my weakness. I looked up one day and was well over 400 pounds. I was disgusted with myself, because my weakness had completely taken me over. I had to come to grips with the fact that I had a problem. I’m a work in progress, and I’ve lost some weight and plan to lose more.
Some of you can identify, but many of you can’t understand my weakness. That is all this is, a weakness. We all have one. Some struggle with recreational drug use, others with smoking or drinking, and still others with meaningless sex and toxic relationships. Maybe your weakness is working too much or perhaps it is shopping. Whatever it is that is making you feel better about life, can’t compare to the joy in Christ. Find comfort in His Word.
” … then he told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size-abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, The Message Bible.
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