Gourmand or Gourmet?

Proverbs 18:9 He who is loose and slack in his work is brother to him who is a destroyer and he who does not use his endeavours to heal himself is brother to him who commits suicide (AMP).

A recovering alcoholic told me that he ate chocolate bars because he couldn’t get his hands on a bottle of whiskey. He said he had to stop overeating because it gave the same effects as the booze.

That opened the eyes of this long-time gourmand. A gourmand is a greedy, ravenous eater, a glutton, a slave to appetite, eating only because food is available. Such was I. Cold turnip, gravy by the quart or delicate desserts were all the same to me. Like my alcoholic friend, I learned that food was a drug. It satisfied, relaxed and calmed me with its quantity, but seldom with its taste.

When I asked Jesus into my life, He began to sort out my eating issues. Gradually, He wooed me from 16 years of bulimia. Gently, He spoke to my lack of self-control. He whispered that everything was permissible, but that not everything was beneficial. He explained that He alone would be my master (1 Corinthians 6:12-13).

When we ignore our physical health, we can expect God to point out that we don’t have the right to do that. Signals come in the form of health issues, a friend’s comments or a shocking look in the mirror. We would do well to promptly heed the message.

Prayer: Father God, don’t let us miss your best for us. Amen.

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