Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my “why.” Why am I doing this blog? What do I have to add to the endless information out there regarding health and wellness? Is it truly worth the time and effort it requires?
Over the past 5 months I’ve spent a lot of time learning about blogging, because if I was going to do it, I wanted to do it well. One exercise that was suggested in narrowing your blog’s target was to develop an “elevator pitch,” a short 30 second description of your blog’s unique focus and how it’s going to make the world a better place in some way.
Friends With Food is a blog dedicated to helping you
find peace with food and your body through a transformative
relationship with Jesus and a lot of practical advice.
Friends With Food is “a blog dedicated to helping you find peace with food and your body through a transformative relationship with Jesus and a lot of practical advice.” As I’ve meditated on my “why” recently though, I’ve realized that there’s something else I want to tack on there: “so you can get ON with your life and fulfilling whatever purpose you were created for.” Finding freedom and peace in our relationships with food and our body is about so much more than looking good in a pair of skinny jeans.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
Over the holidays, I was discussing the concept of purpose with my brother who is a pastor. What is the purpose of the Christian life if it’s not just to arrive at the grave safely and go to heaven? What are we meant to do in the meantime? He pointed out that before the fall in the garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had purpose. They weren’t there simply to suntan, eat the permitted fruit and enjoy other pleasurable endeavours. They were meant to name the animals, keep order and reign over everything God had created. Work was not a result of the curse that came from their disobedience. Work gave them meaning and purpose. God created Adam and Eve with gifts and abilities, and then He gave them work in which they could express those skills. Work added value to them and they, in-turn, glorified their Creator as they functioned as He designed them to.
“The work of salvation, in its full sense, is (1) about whole human beings, not merely souls; (2) about the present, not simply the future; and (3) about what God does through us, not merely what God does in and for us.”
Each of us has good work to accomplish on this earth, but when sin entered the picture, it began to hold us back and confound our efforts. In Jesus, God set things right and has created us anew. Now we’re free from the bondage sin puts on us and unhindered to pursue the good things He planned for us long ago. Our task is to believe we are free and throw off everything that holds us back from walking in that freedom.
“…let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”
Being ashamed of ourselves or our bodies slows us down. Feeling mastered by the contents of the refrigerator or the number on the scale slows us down. The negative health implications of carrying too much weight on our frames slows us down. We need to throw off anything that slows us down or holds us back from accomplishing the purposes we were created for. Jesus died to set us free from these things. He is also our example of what a life unhindered by the power of sin looks like. What could this world look like if Christian women weren’t held back by food and weight issues and were free to pursue their God-given purposes?
“Your life and its potential is a God-given entrustment…you are not here on earth as a spectator. You have far more important and interesting things to do with your life. It is time you knew this.”
What could your life look like? What if you could finally and forever be free from worrying about your weight or that binge you had last night? I know this isn’t the first time you’ve asked yourself that question. In fact, you might have lists and journals filled with how wonderful your life will be when you finally lose those last 10lbs. What if you could begin to live that way TODAY – regardless of what the scale says? What have you been putting off until you have it all together? What are the dreams and ideas in your heart that you have said “maybe someday” to?
“Be one of the brave and willing few who cries out for freedom and walks with others who ache for it too. Stand up and live out these words of the apostle Paul: ‘Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.’ (Philippians 3:13-14)”
You don’t have to have it all together to step into your purpose. In fact, I think God prefers it if you don’t: His “power works best in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT). I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it – but I press on toward the goal. I still make bad choices. I still let my flesh get the better of me. I still eat stuff when I know it’s not a good choice. But here I am, calling myself FREE, ready to press on, never giving up. The goal is not perfection, it never was – we will never achieve perfection this side of heaven! God can take my messy imperfection and turn it into a message, if I will answer His call.
Sometimes the idea of stepping into freedom and purpose feels like too much. In captivity not a lot is required of me. I don’t have to get out of my comfort zone, I can just focus on myself and my own pity party. I can keep my life small and manageable and rely on things like ice cream, shopping and vacations to add a little excitement. Walking in freedom means engaging and fully relying on God everyday – there’s no “coasting.” It means doing things that aren’t comfortable or easy and are sometimes even sick-to-my-stomach terrifying.
Walking in freedom means…
redefining who I am and what makes me tick –
according to who HE says I am.
Walking in freedom means saying goodbye to familiar habits and crutches and redefining who I am and what makes me tick – according to who HE says I am. It means no more small, manageable life: It means I’m in the game, and I’m compelled to spread this freedom to others. It can feel like a lot to ask, but it’s not that God wants something of me – He wants something for me. He wants me to flourish in my gifts and experience every good thing He has planned for me. He doesn’t want me to miss out on my part in the grand and amazing story He’s weaving together on this earth.
“Will you believe God has made you free? Do you believe strongly enough to walk into freedom? Your adventure does not end when you reach freedom. Will you enter back into the messiness of life and encourage others toward freedom? You won’t be going alone, so don’t be afraid. The very Spirit of God will compel you, guide you, and provide what you’ll need for each leg of the journey. All you need to get started is the willingness to be vulnerable, obedient, and brave.”
My “why” is to walk in my freedom from food and body issues so I can focus on fulfilling my purpose. And along with being a wife and mom and every other job description I currently hold, part of my purpose is helping you walk free so you can fulfill your purpose. Knowing and defining your “why” (beyond squeezing into those skinny jeans) will set your focus for the race ahead and fill you with the courage and tenacity you need to finally and forever throw off everything that’s slowing you down.
“There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.”
Do you know your “why”? I’d love hear about it in the comments below!