how many of you have ever told a lie?
can there be lies that are worse than others? are the lies that we tell ourselves worse than the ones that we tell others?
i simply cannot count the amount of lies that i have told myself over the years:
1. you’re not pretty enough
2. you’re fat
3. you’re not smart enough
4. you’re smaller than that other girl, so you don’t have a weight problem
5. i can hide my food addiction so it isn’t really a problem
6. i can lose weight quickly, whenever i want to
7. ect. ect. ect. ect….you get the point.
are those lies worse than the ones that i repeatedly told others? things like…
- i ate this healthy thing and that healthy thing today. (when i really ate something horrible)
- i worked out today! (um, no, you didn’t)
- i slept wonderful last night! (besides that 30 minutes you spent eating in the middle of the night, right?)
- i am feeling great! (no, actually i am feeling bloated from that fast food that i just ate…that you clearly don’t know about)
i was extremely successful last year at losing weight, i had absolutely no reason to lie about what i was eating or doing because i was doing everything i could do to better myself. when i took my hyper-focus off of losing weight, the weight came back, and it came back quick. i was embarrassed, frustrated, mad, angry, defeated. that’s when the lies started coming back.
first it was lies to others because i couldn’t have them knowing that i fell off the wagon, then it turned into lies to myself. i let the devil creep into my life and i let him sign a year long lease.
i was a prisoner to the devil and the negativity i allowed him to feed me. i became someone that wasn’t me, i don’t even know who that person was, well, i do, it was the devil disguised as a person named Emily.
my relationships suffered, my body quickly went back to an un-healthy state and i became a shell of what i once was….all of this while my relationship with the devil was flourishing and thriving.
the devil will keep renewing his lease in our lives until we evict him. there is no easy fix, no “3 simple steps to kick the devil to the curb” book. it takes work, and i am in the thick of it right now.
i came to the conclusion that my addiction to food couldn’t start with just simply changing my diet or going for a walk after work. i needed help, professional help to have a better chance of overcoming this once and for all. i sought the help of a professional Christian counselor that specializes in addictions of all kinds.
i have to figure out the “head game” part of this addiction. last year i changed the way my body looked and felt, and i was successful, but i never tackled what was going on in my head.
i don’t claim to have the answers:
but, i KNOW that God is good and He is good all the time. He is helping me break the lease that i signed with the devil. He is helping me repair the damage that i allowed the devil to do in my life so that He can move in and sign a permanent lease.
addiction is hard and is generally out of our feeble ability to overcome, but God is always standing next to us willing to help, we just have to ask.