Why is it the things we need to eat and drink we have no desire for?
I was really a person that didn’t like drinking water at all. It wasn’t flavorful, it wasn’t sweet, it wasn’t tasty. It was plain, and a pain to swallow. I’m sure in my childhood my sisters and I probably had our share, but when I was ‘adult’ enough to buy my own type of drinks, I never reached for water again.
In a disturbance starting probably a year ago, my face had the worst breakout in acne I ever seen! It was worse than my teen years, and was very stressful maintaining a clear face. So the more stressful it got, the more I broke out even more. Acne scars and pimples surrounded my face to the point I was humiliated and self conscious wherever I went. I had to hide the hideous breakouts under makeup, which I hated.
I wanted the clear face I had just months prior, but I just didn’t know what to do.
I scrubbed, used natural remedies, pimple treatment, face masks – but nothing seemed to work. Until I came to the conclusion, the acne was coming from my intake in my diet. Giving up soda and the food I love was not a road I wanted to travel down, but I wanted to be healthy. I wasn’t the 20 year old anymore. I was climbing the 30 year old ladder and I soon realized my body adjusted quite differently to the foods I was taking in.
So yes, this included drinking water. So I had to train myself to want to drink it. I had to train myself to like it. I had to intentionally have a bottle of water at my desk and purposely drink it, even if I felt like I wasn’t thirsty. My motivation had to become greater than how I felt about it. The desirable outcome had to be my motivation to keep drinking water.
As soon as I realized, it began the healing process of my face (along with tossing aside other junk and foods that were no good as well). My face began to get to a place of healing. It wasn’t instantaneous, because I began to flush out the ‘junk’ that was in my body. However, healing (and visible healing) began to take place.
So what are you implying Amber? you may ask.
Well similarly, walking with God may not be appetizing to you, at first. I mean, coming from a lifestyle of all the “fun” and “exciting” things you can’t do anymore… would you really want to give that up and be considered “lame” and “old” and “not fun” anymore? (I laugh because I was called those names.)
Well, I was there.
Torn between still wanting to hang out with friends, go to parties, drink excessively, create unapproved soul ties and living the way God approves. It was hard at first, but became much easier when God literally changed and turned my heart to not care for and those enticing worldy cravings anymore. I allowed (gave the necessary time and opportunity to) God to fully change my heart because I fully wanted to please Him in every aspect of that word!
Take it from Paul, he explains in Hebrews 12:11
At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God.
Being punished (disciplined) isn’t enjoyable while it is happening—it hurts! But afterwards we can see the result, a quiet growth in grace and character.
I know… walking righteous is not easy. In essence, however, there isn’t a real choice – it’s either life or death. I question, if we are believers, and we are all trying to get to heaven, wouldn’t we do what is necessary to please him? Take everyone else out of the equation, and it is just you and God, would you still be anxious to please Him? I saw a social media post from a friend the other day, it read that we won’t get to heaven because that’s what we want to do. It takes a disciplined life, glorifying God in all that we do and say!
After I began to see how living in a Godly way helps me for my greater later, just like seeing how drinking water promotes healthy living, I didn’t mind shedding friends, being alone for a season, being an outcast, while feeding my soul what it needed not wanted. Did I get it right all of the time? No, and still do not – but it is in my try God gives me strength to try some more!
It’s definitely not pleasurable at first, and we won’t get it right at first try. (Read and identify with Paul as he describes how he has an urge to please God, but still sins.) So this is why it is important to train yourself and make habit of reading, understanding and practicing the things of God because sooner or later, the evidence will show up. Then you won’t feel like you are going against the grain, but happy to just do what’s right and pleasing to the Lord.
And the benefit? A mature relationship with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, which is so satisfactory in itself!
Now, I don’t have a grossed out feeling when I drink water, I want it. And when I don’t drink it, my body knows it’s been missing in action. I’m still not where I need to be in that area, however, I am better at it than in the past!