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“Food Simply Fueling the Life God Intended”
STEWARD all of my life for God’s glory.

Ganing A Healthy Relationship With Food — Step 9 from The Sam James Institute on Vimeo.

Blog Post: 9 Questions to Help You Steward All of Your Life for God’s Glory

Memorize: James 3:16-18 (ESV), “For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” As you memorize this passage reflect upon these key points:

  • “Jealousy and selfish ambition” – Chances are emotions like these were what initially drove your disordered eating.
  • “Will be disorder” – When emotions like these motivate us they inevitably produce disorder in our lives.
  • “Wisdom” – Wisdom applied is what we’ve been seeking throughout this study. That is healthy.
  • “Harvest” – When we live according to wisdom, we do not have to look to the future with dread or fear.
  • “Sown in peace” – You should not be “sowing in peace” in the sense that you are content with your body.
  • Those who make peace” – We are salt and light in a body-obsessed culture by being body-content Christians.

Teaching Notes

“I finally am at the place where I can truly say I want a better life more than I want to lose weight (p. 150)… If you have an eating disorder you are, on some level, living a superficial life. We’re not saying your life lacks meaning, but rather, you’ve lost track of the true meaning of life (p. 221).” Carolyn Costin & Gwen Schubert Grabb in 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder

“I reached what I call fully recovered—a place of laughter, relationships, dreams, passions, fun, positive body image (in a perfectly imperfect body), and, of course, inevitable life challenges like overcoming perfectionism… I often say that I am fully recovered from my eating disorder but not from life (p. 198).” Jenni Schaeffer in Life Without Ed

“Protecting your health is the same thing as protecting the vehicle through which God wants to change the world (p. 45).” Gary Thomas in Every Body Matters: Strengthening Your Body to Strengthen Your Soul

“Food obsessions involve time and energy that take you away from other activities (p. 213).” Stephen Arterburn and Linda Mintle in Lose It for Life

“When food, weight, and body image consume your life, you have probably lost touch with what it means to enjoy life… Now that you’ve begun your journey toward health and wholeness, you can start to think about living—and enjoying life—again (p. 219).” Gregory Jantz in Hope, Help, & Healing for Eating Disorders

“We are seldom at a loss to describe what is wrong or bad in our lives or what it is like to be stuck. But we are often at a complete loss to describe what we want instead (p. 111).” Jenni Schaeffer in Life Without Ed