The topic I chose for today was Permissible But Not Beneficial.
The verse that speaks of this in the Bible is 1 Corinthians 10:23.
The NIV version says this: “I have the right to do anything.” you say-but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything.” but not everything is constructive.
The HCSB version says this: Everything is permissible, but not everything is helpful. Everything is permissible, but not everything builds up.
The definition of permissible is — Permitted or allowed
The definition of beneficial is — Favorable or advantageous or resulting in good
The definition for constructive is — Serving a useful purpose or tending to build up.
So, how does this apply to me, or this study?
Well, when it comes to food, you can see that everything really is permissible. One thing that is hard when you are trying to eat healthy is overcoming tempting foods. Is it permissible for me to eat a candy bar? Of course, there are no laws against it (even though there probably should be–LOL)! Is it beneficial for me to eat a candy bar? No, not really. It doesn’t have the nutritional value that I need, it doesn’t give me a sense of fullness like a meal does and most importantly it doesn’t stop my craving to eat.
But, this verse isn’t just talking about food. I can relate it to that because it is something I struggle with, but it could be talking about inappropriate relationships, websites, conversations, movies, etc. What/Who could you be watching, listening to, talking about/to, that could be permissible, but not beneficial?
We must protect ourselves from things that aren’t good for us. Just as you would protect a child who was walking toward a busy highway, you must protect yourself. If food is your vice, you must do some things to help yourself be prepared. If surfing on the internet is a problem for you, you must install blockers on your computer. Anything that causes you a problem can very easily be taken care of by a little planning ahead before you are faced with that temptation.
Planning ahead is always a good idea. Prayer is the BEST planning you can do, of course, but you can also set some practical guidelines that can help you when you are in a situation that can be difficult for you.
Here are a few of my strategies for planning ahead for eating at home:
- Always eat before you go grocery shopping!
- Try to stay in the perimeter of the store and make sure when you are in the checkout lane that you have something else to focus on.
- Meal plan/Freezer cook–this helps on those nights when you are just too tired to think about food.
- Don’t buy snacks for your family that you shouldn’t eat unless you buy something just for you–like potato chips. You have to find something that is similar, but better for you. If you don’t, you will be more likely to have your hand in the bag before you know it.
- Always measure/count out your serving size. If I purchase a bag of healthy chips, I count out a serving size and place it in a Ziploc bag–and I do this for every serving in the bag. It makes packing my lunch easier and I don’t have to think about how many I should have.
- Use a calorie log and keep track for at least 2 weeks. You will be amazed at how many calories you don’t even realize you are eating. Two popular ones are Lose It or My Fitness Pal.
- Always measure yourself before you start a healthy eating plan! You don’t always see immediate results on the scale, but inches are just as important as pounds.
Here are a few of my strategies for eating out:
- Plan ahead if you are having dinner out. If you know ahead of time, decide what you will eat when you get there.
- Skip the sodas/teas–have water instead. If you feel you MUST have a soda/tea, then ask for a soda/tea AND water, then don’t allow them to re-fill it.
- Learn to read menus & nutritional facts. Most menus now have the calorie count of the meal or you can look it up before you go. Be SMART! Even a salad at some restaurants can be over 800 calories! Check out the Restaurant Nutrition App.
- Pick something you really love and split it with someone or ask for a to-go box when your meal comes and box half of it up before you take the first bite.
- Skip the bread & the dessert
Now back to the Permissible but not beneficial–If you know you have a weakness for something specific, don’t use that as a reward. As a matter of fact, it’s best to not use food as a reward. One thing I do like to do is pick something I want/like — maybe something to make a project I’ve been wanting, maybe a scarf, etc.
Basically, if you have an issue that you know you have a hard time dealing with, then you need to keep yourself away from it. It’s easier to do this with accountability from a friend (or in the case of Made To Crave over 40,000 friends!). Start by being honest about what you have issues with and take it one step at a time. My goal in this is to #CraveGod more than I crave food!
Do you have suggestions that help you?
Any thoughts or comments?
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