I Don’t Have To

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God has been teaching me the following phrase. “Just because you can doesn’t mean you have to.” There are so many things in life that I’m not required to do, but I have put it in my head that I do. As a result, I worry about getting all these imaginary obligations done. There are indeed some things that I have to do, such as go to work and other things like that. Though, technically I don’t have to go to work. I could choose not to, but the consequences are not having the money to pay the bills.

Learning that I don’t have to do something just because it is allowed has really helped me relate to food better. I changed a food boundary a few months ago. I removed the bread boundary, but at first I was eating it instead of other things. I hadn’t had it in at least a year and a half, so I was eating simply because I could, whether I wanted it or not. Almost as if it were mandatory that I have it. Sounds a little crazy, I know. The consequences: I gained a few pounds back in the process. So I had to put a boundary up of just having bread once a day, until I no longer think I have to. God has me going in a better direction now & has removed the weight I gained plus some. I am learning that just because I can have bread, doesn’t mean I have to go get it, especially if it isn’t even what I want to eat. I am learning to listen to what my body wants/needs & not what my compulsive thoughts have to say.

There are so many areas in my life this can apply to. With God’s help, I’m starting to make wiser choices with food and life.

Everything is permissible for me, but not all things are beneficial. Everything is permissible for me, but I will not be enslaved by anything [and brought under its power, allowing it to control me].  1 Corinthians 6:12 AMP

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