Coming Clean

Being transparent in my life is something that I believe is important.

  1. It kills any sense of what I call Social Media Perfection by giving a snapshot of something I struggle with.
  2. It keeps me accountable because now its out there in the open for everyone to see.

I once heard Louie Giglio say, and I’m paraphrasing, Look at what you spend your money on…whatever you spend your money on is where you put value. What Louie is talking about in context here is worship and whatever we put value in can become something we worship if we aren’t careful. If all of our thoughts and resources gravitate toward something, we might find that we are worshiping it and don’t even realize it.

I’ve been looking at our finances and every month I see it. We spend almost more money on FOOD than we do on just our housing and utilities. In the past, we have even spent more. (This is my fault. I get more ice cream and drinks from gas stations than any person I know. I also talk Christen into going out to eat all the time…)

Yes, food is important to sustain life. God gave us different foods and our taste buds to enjoy AMAZING food. But, when it crosses over into eating more than what we need or creating an imbalance of bad food over good food, we are then confronted with many different problems.

The first thing that comes to mind for me is gluttony. Overeating seems to be ignored in american society; as apprentices of Christ we will be the first to cast stones at someone who has a drinking problem, but why do we overlook the gluttony?

Proverbs 23v19-21 (MSG)

19-21 Oh listen, dear child—become wise;
point your life in the right direction.
Don’t drink too much wine and get drunk;
don’t eat too much food and get fat.
Drunks and gluttons will end up on skid row,
in a stupor and dressed in rags.

Did you read that?

Drunkeness and Gluttony are put onto the same playing field in this proverb. Not one is greater than the other.

Ill be honest with you guys right now. Food sometimes consumes my mind daily. The first thing I think of when I wake up in the morning is not, I cannot wait to dive into God’s word this morning! Its more like, What am I going to eat this morning? After my first meal of the day my mind will already race off and begin to think, I wonder what we are having for dinner? Sometimes, after dinner, I am already thinking about what we might eat the next night…

I feel gross just typing this out.

This is sin and idol worship without a doubt and Ive let it go on too long.

I will dive into comfort foods to help with my emotions.

Ill overeat at most meals.

I have no self control when it comes to food and that is my second problem.

Galatians 5v22,23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 
23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Our God is a God of self control.

In the beginning we see that God knew when to stop creating. At some point he got to a place in the creation of our universe and decided to stop. He had the self control to stop; He knew it was very good.

In the story of Noah he had to stop destroying. He flooded the earth and started over new with Noah. He promised us that he would never destroy in that way ever again. He had the self control to stop.

Genesis is a story about how we are to think of God. As we can see, one of the attributes we learn from this story is that God knows when to stop. So it should not be a suprise to us when we see self contorl on the list of the fruits of the spirit. When we are practicing the way of Jesus we should start showing these attributes more and more every day.

The last problem I see when we have no self control over our eating habbits is the destruction of our planet. The EPA states:

Agriculture (9 percent of 2016 greenhouse gas emissions) – Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture come from livestock such as cows, agricultural soils, and rice production. (Click that link to see the breakdown)

To supply us with the ammount of food we eat (and waste) on a daily basis requires us to produce more than normal.

As humans God tasked us with one great job since the begining of time. The job to take care of the planet. As apprentices to Christ I believe that taking care of our earth should be a high priotrity on our list.

When people think of Christ followers…one of the things they should think of environmentalist. 

But unfortunately, they do not.

Which is why I feel convicted about consuming more than I need.

Now… I finish this off with a couple of last thoughts.

This problem is no one else’s fault but my own.

Its not my wife’s

Its not my parents

Its not even the people around me.

This was a habbit brought on by myself through choice and lack of self control.

But that is why I am writting this. To bring to light one of my faults. So that I might feel some since of public accountability and own up to my downfall.

As my life has gone on, I have learned to lean onto Christ with many other things I lacked self control in. With Him I was able to overcome those obsticals. I have seen progress over the past few months and I know I will do it again.


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3 thoughts on “Coming Clean

  1. So good Mat! It’s something we all struggle with.
    I really enjoyed the fact that you pointed out that gluttony and getting drunk is on the same level, what a great biblical reminder! I really liked the environmentalist portion too, especially since I’m a safety major 😉 Hope you’re doing well down there, bro!

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