Idolizing Blue Bell
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 CORINTHIANS 10:31
I think the human race has a problem with addictions. The well-known addictions to drugs, alcohol, sex and pornography have destroyed lives and families for generations. But there are other addictions, even within the Christian community, that are not as evil but are still addictions.
Like food. Let me illustrate personally. Barbara and I approach food very differently. She eats to live. I love to eat. Food to her is necessary fuel for life. But for me there have been times in my life when I’ve simply idolized food. Specifically ice cream.
For years, I felt a day was not complete unless I had enjoyed a mountainous bowl of Blue Bell Vanilla Nut Bean ice cream swimming in chocolate sauce and sprinkled with savory crushed almonds. Honestly, I think I was addicted. And my waistline showed it.
The natural consequence of my addiction forced me to face reality. I became convicted that I was placing way too much importance on ice cream. I decided that I would use Lent, a 40-day period leading up to Easter that recalls the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness, to fast from all desserts. It was fascinating to see how God used this time in my life to create a healthier perspective on food. So much so that for the past three years, I’ve used this annual season to fast from dessert.
Let me ask you a question: Is there anything that has a grip on your life? Something that has become an addiction and even an idol that has supplanted God in your allegiance? Perhaps it’s time to talk about it as a couple and come clean. You and your spouse may need to create some accountability and a lifestyle that will bring about a real life change that honors God.
Talk about addictions in your family. What are they? How could you use Lent to break their power in your lives?
Ask God to help you keep Him at the center of your worship every day and to give you courage to turn away from those things that could ensnare you.