Okay, let's start off today's blog post with some definitions from dictionary.com.
Permissible: that can be permitted, allowable
Beneficial: advantageous, helpful
Through the scope of those definitions, let's revisit the chocolate cake incident from yesterday. (Here's a link, just in case you missed it) Technically, is chocolate cake allowed? Sure. After all, a birthday party is almost always better with cake! And, I've never seen someone thrown out of church hall because they entered with a Tupperware carrier full of chocolate cake. So, permissible? Sure.
Now, is it beneficial? Well, let's see. It has not helped me one bit with being healthier. It did not draw me closer to my family or God. And, it actually led me down a road of self sabotage. So, I'd say it gets a "no" there. Not beneficial. Not beneficial at all.
But, we pretty much covered that yesterday, now didn't we?
Basically, the point that Lysa TerKerst makes in the first couple of chapters of Made to Crave is that really, this isn't about a lists of yes's and no's. It's not about, I "can" eat celery, but I "can't" eat cake. It's more about a thought shift...I could eat that cake...BUT...will it benefit me? Will it help me achieve my ultimate goals which are to 1. Draw near to God. 2. Get healthier 3. Lose weight.
And by taking away the rules, and putting the choice in my own lap, it gives me power. Realizing that I have the power to say YES or NO to certain foods should empower me. Yes, I need the help of the Holy Spirit to make the right choices , but what freedom there is by knowing that it's up to me. It's not up to Lysa TerKeurst, or the FDA, or my friends. I know what will benefit me. And I need to choose food that is both permissible AND beneficial. And sometimes, that will mean, choosing to avoid that chocolate cake. Lesson learned. Off to apply.