An amazing thing has happened while I have been trying to find something to fill my cravings – I have stopped craving! I honestly did not think that I would stop wanting chips and popcorn when I am hungry or in the mood to eat. Which is dumb, because I want to want it! Now at night, I eat crap less. I sometimes still do eat something but not because I am hungry, but because I just think that I should be eating. The great thing about this is that I have started to recognize the difference between being hungry and just wanted to eat something. I have never been able to do this before. I am also choosing and wanting to eat healthier options. Don’t get me wrong, I am still eating crap way too often, but not as often as before.
While this great thing for me has happened because of giving things up for Lent, it has not caused me to focus on God as much as I wanted it to. God does asks us “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” I feel that when I make wise decisions about how I treat my body, when I eat right and exercise, I am treating the body that God lent me with respect and that I am recognizing Him in my life.
The goal now for the rest of Lent for me is not only to continue doing what I have been doing along with exercising, but to also recognize exactly why I am making these choices. When I prepare my breakfast/lunch/dinner in the morning, I want to think about the fact that God grew those strawberries and cucumbers for me to eat, He used His people to plant the ingredients that make the hummus and wheat bread, He gave me the animals that were sacrificed for my turkey and salami, and He gave me my beautiful hands to put it all together into a meal. When I drive to work I will thank Him for the incredible sunrise/rain/snow that I am driving through. When I am working I will appreciate every moment because so many are not working. When I am walking on the treadmill, instead of complaining I will praise THE LORD that I have legs that move when my brain tells them to. When I lay my head down at night I will realize how blessed I am for the wonderful man laying next to me and for the perfect cat purring on my pillow.
And at this moment, in the class that I should be paying attention in, while I am typing on my Mac, I am in awe of His creations, His blessings, and the amazing days that He gives to me.
Quote by Arthur Koestler