A Princess Regains Control…
August 30, 1997… The beautiful young Princess of Wales came to the untimely end of her life in a twisted vehicle of death. Heartrending grief from around the world chocked the Royal Palace. A sea of flowers and oceans of tears stunned the stoic British Royalty. Why this deluge of emotions from so many people who never really knew Diana personally? Why did the whole world pause with such overflow of grief to mourn a lovely photographic icon? Clearly she was more than just an object of popularity and gossip. Diana communicated depth and vulnerability and the sadness of having lost control over her own life. Who has not experienced feeling out of control? Instead of being self-focused, however, she became focused on others. Despite her own personal struggles, she reached out and touched the ill, the lepers, and the dying… she cared from her heart.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” -Romans 12:21
Q: “How do I know if I have a compulsive eating disorder?”
Ask yourself this question, Do I feel a compulsion to avoid the intake of food or to eliminate food or fat, and does that compulsion now have mastery over me? Those struggling with anorexia and bulimia feel enslaved – they know they are not free.
“Whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.” -2 Peter 2:19
Q: “What’s the difference between overeating and bulimia?”
An overeater may have little concern about being overweight, while the bulimic is consumed with body image and self-loathing.
“Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” -Romans 7:24
Q: “What roles do ego and vanity play in anorexia?”
None. Ego is not the issue. Anorexics eat less and less in an effort to become smaller and smaller because of their self-effacing desire to simply disappear. Deep-rooted insecurity is at the root of anorexia.
“Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.” -Psalm 55:6
Know Your True Identity
- Know that if you have come into a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus, your true identity is in Christ Himself. – 2 Corinthians 5:17
- Know that the old “you” died. – Galatians 2:20
- Know that in the midst of your trials, you are totally accepted by the Father. – Isaiah 41:10
- Know that the Spirit of Christ will produce His control in you. – Galatians 5:22-23
- Know that your freedom comes through Christ. – Romans 8:2
“For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.” – Psalm 27:10
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