Granted, I’m on vacation right now. But if I think of past experience, vacation is probably one of those times when I most need to follow my boundaries.
Sometimes it’s easier to see what we need if we look at someone else’s life. So let’s take a break from food for a minute and look at the life of an alcoholic. What kind of a person needs to set rigid boundaries with alcohol?
I can think of three types of people:
- Those who love the taste of alcohol.
- Those who turn to alcohol for emotional reasons.
- Those who think it’s fun to consume large quantities of alcohol.
Recovered alcoholics know they have to be careful about alcohol. They set a rigid boundary: Not even one drink. And they follow it. The minute they start thinking, it’s just one drink, they’re in danger.
We can learn a lot from the life of an alcoholic. Although we can’t say not even one bite, we can say, not even one bite outside our boundaries.
The minute we start thinking, It’s just one bite, we’re in danger.
- Describe the life of an alcoholic who hasn’t stopped drinking.
- For the sake of argument, let’s say a foodaholic is a person who can’t stop eating. Describe the life of a foodaholic who hasn’t stopped eating outside her boundaries.
- Read 1 Timothy 4:7. One of the current worldly “fables” is the idea that we’re happiest when we do what we want, when we want. The less rules the better. Look over your answers to the first and second question. Do you think this is true on a practical level?
- Do you think you’re the type of person who can eat what you want when you want without having it mess up your life? Why or why not?
- Do you think an alcoholic could escape his alcoholism while still having a sip of alcohol and there? Why or why not?
- Do you think an foodaholic could escape her foodaholism while still having a bite of food here and there? Why or why not?
- Would your life be better or worse if you were to strictly follow your boundaries? Explain.
- What does the Bible have to say on this subject?
Want to join me in a challenge? For the next three days, I’m going to make a commitment to not eat even one bite (or lick of the spoon) outside my boundaries. If I feel like eating something – before I eat it – I’ll do the following questions from my iPhone app, I Deserve a Donut. I hope you’ll join me!
Careless Eating Questions
- What do you feel like eating?
- Will you break a boundary if you eat that?
- In the past, have you been able to eat a bite here or there and still maintain discipline in your eating?
- What usually happens when you get sloppy with your boundaries?
- Is your life better or worse with boundaries? Why?
- Are boundaries easy to follow, or do you usually have to give up something to follow them?
- What will you have to give up to follow your boundary this time?
- When you think of all you’ll gain by living a life free from the control of food, is it worth the sacrifice?
P.S. For more posts on this subject, click on the boundaries category at my I Deserve a Donut blog – here’s the link: Boundaries.