Some days I just want to eat. I'm not talking "eating to live" but "living to eat." Whether it be wanting to not feel pain or overeating out of a bad habit, some days I just want to eat.
I prowl around like a wolf looking for prey as I search out the frig or pantry. I sit and ponder where I want to go for lunch.
Again, hunger plays no part. Nutritional needs are not eve a passing concern.
I just want to eat.
On those days, the best tactic I can take in the battle of the bulge is a simple prayer. "God, make me willing to be willing."
I picked up this prayer in a 12 step group and though I don't attend that group anymore, I still use what I learned, including this prayer.
God is big enough to change our focus. He gently lifts our heads and causes us to look in a different way. But He never forces a change in attitude.
Ergo, this wonderful prayer. When I just want to eat, if I pray "God, make me willing to be willing," His Spirit gently nudges me away from my stubborn bondage to food and reminds me that there is another choice. I don't have to just eat.
I can receive the strength God offers and find myself willing to make healthy choices. HE causes me to be willing to be willing.