Pieces of Me

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Made to Crave–Day 1 “What’s Really Going On Here?”

Personal Reflections

1.  One weight loss company (HMMM, I wonder what company that could be.  This book is a little dated.  LOL  Since they don’t use the Hungry anymore) personifies craving as a little orange monster that chases us around, tempting us to eat unhealthy foods.  Take a moment to reflect on your own experience of craving, recently and over time.

  • My craving isn’t a little orange monster.  I think my craving is a huge can of Coca-Cola and a huge Hershey’s Kiss.  You know, like in the commercials?  I remember a commercial of a can of something that used to run around.  I cannot even remember what the commercial was for. I think it was recycling or not littering, but regardless, that’s what I see whenever I get a craving for a Coke.  As for Chocolate, a human size Hershey Kiss, pretty much doing the same thing the Coke does.  Miming.  Playing Charades with me.   Taunting me.  It runs around and hides behind trees and things, peeking around corners, sneaking around, just trying to get me to give in.
  • If I could talk to my craving, what would the conversation sound like?  Well, I don’t think that the craving would every say anything.  It would just sneak around and say “Come here” with it’s little finger.  If I could ask it questions, they would be, “Why is it so hard for me to say no?”  “How is it that I can go for days, if not weeks without touching you, but then once I have a taste, I just can’t seem to stop?”  I’ve never thought of it as a drug before since I’ve never used drugs, but I am nearly convinced that the feeling I get when I have a taste of Coke or Chocolate is the same feeling someone who is addicted to crack/or whatever gets when they just have a “taste.”  My entire body starts to tingle.  And the tingle feels good.  And I want more. 

2. & 3. I do find myself agreeing with the idea that “God made us to crave.”  In my past, my cravings have been teaching children – whether they be teenagers or three year olds.  And not just teach them, but teach them about the love of Jesus.  I remember being so passionate when I taught religion to my 5th grade students.  I remember being led to tears when leading youth.  And still today, I know how much doing so through song or music makes me tingle all over just like the feeling I get when I have a Coke or eat a piece of Chocolate.  I had never thought of that before.  Or put the two together.  Whenever I share the love of Jesus with people (children in specific), my heart is full of joy.  And when I hear children then telling others about how much Jesus loves them (even three year olds), it makes my heart overflow.   Of course, my heart doesn’t overflow with joy when I have a Coke or eat a piece of Chocolate.  It just leaves me with wanting more.  I am never satisfied completely.

4.  The fourth reflection questions for this chapter are very, very personal.  I feel I can share, but I’m certainly not an open book for all to read.  But I’ll at least share the gist of the questions with you.The Bible describes three ways satan tries to lure us away from loving God: cravings, lust of the eyes, and boasting (1 John 2:15-16).  How over the past 24 hours or few days have you been tempted in similar ways (as Eve and Jesus)?  Of these temptations, which is most difficult to resist?  Which is easiest?  And why?

5.  I have used Scripture before to defeat temptations.  I used it all through high school.  I guarded my heart and mind with the Word and was able to resist many things.  I have never thought to use it to address my unhealthy eating patterns, but I do think it would work.  The concept is a lot like fasting.  When you fast, you are supposed to take the time you would use to do whatever you are fasting from and turn to the Lord.  Turning to the Lord instead of giving in to my craving is probably one of the most brilliant ideas out there.