Heart and Mind: Craving the right things

A couple of years ago I read the book Made to Crave by Lysa Terkheurst, and it really influenced my thinking. I don’t think that I’m alone, especially amongst the runner population, when I recognize that there is something in me, a craving, that pushes me to keep chasing down the miles.  I love this quote, “God made us capable of craving so we’d have an unquenchable desire for more of Him, and Him alone. Nothing changes until we make the choice to redirect our misguided cravings to the only one capable of satisfying them.”

During the month of October, I am focusing more on croimg_20161021_224000ss training and letting my body recover from my 100 mile race, so I thought it would also be a good time to make sure that my heart and mind are in a healthy spot too.  (I also feel a lot more motivation to stay healthy on all fronts now that I am raising a little girl who is watching my every move.) The book is primarily written with a focus on food, and I have definitely been there too.  Food can be the perfect salve to a long day, and my candy shelf in the pantry is proof that I don’t have much discipline in that area. (I love the quote that is listed at the end of this post–wow, so true!)

But in this season of my life, my “craving” has definitely been more about getting faster, running longer, and pushing my body harder.  I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with the physical satisfaction that I feel with running, but it is important to know your heart in these things.  My identity is not in running. My identity is in Christ.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who has had issues with overindulging, whether it’s overindulging in food, exercise, or trying to keep the perfect house.  We were designed to crave, but those desires are meant to be focused on our Creator.  And when we get the cravings directed to the right Purpose, all of the other desires seem to fit into place too.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

  • The more we operate in the truth of who we are and the reality that we were made for more, the closer to God we’ll become.
  • Food isn’t sinful. But when food is what Satan holds up in front of us and says, “You’ll never be free from this battle.  You will always bounce from feeling deprived when you’re dieting to feeling guilty when you’re splurging. Victory isn’t possible.
  • Being ruled by something other than God diminishes our commitment and will make us feel increasingly distant from Him.
  • Yes, eating healthy and exercising get our bodies into better shape, but we were never supposed to get the satisfaction our souls desire from our looks.
  • Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
  • It is good for God’s people to be put in a place of longing so they feel a slight desperation. Only then can we be empty enough and open enough to discover the holiness we were made for. When we are stuffed full of other things and never allow ourselves to be in a place of longing, we don’t recognize the deeper spiritual battle going on.
  • Some actions are not sinful in themselves, but they are not appropriate because they can control our lives and lead us away from God.
  • I was made for more than being stuck in a vicious cycle of defeat. I am not made to be a victim of my poor choices. I was made to be a victorious child of God.
  •  Life as a Christ follower will always be a learning process of depending less on our own strength and more on God’s power.
  • Obviously, the core of Eve’s temptation was she wanted to be like God, knowing good and evil. But we can’t ignore the fact that the serpent used food as a tool in the process. If the very downfall of humanity was caused when Eve surrendered to a temptation to eat something she wasn’t supposed to eat, I do think our struggles with food are important to God.

This little baby is definitely watching my every move.  That’s a scary responsibility, but I’m thankful that God gave us wonderful friends and family to be part of our village.

Do you have a craving that you sometimes need to redirect? 

 

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