My Food Problem

Genesis 32:27

Confess your sins and weaknesses to the God who knows them already.

If I were in a twelve-step program, it would be for overeating. My problem with food is simple: I like it way too much. Today, Penny and I had lunch at Pie Five, a restaurant we’d never visited before. I won’t say that their buffalo chicken pizza was the best pie I’ve ever eaten. In fact, I can think of several types of pizza that I would prefer. That didn’t matter, though. With that entire pizza sitting on my plate, all I could think to do was eat. My name is Mark, and I’m a glutton.

Half of that pizza was plenty. Half was more than I needed. But there sat the other half, a big half-circle, like a smile grinning at me, inviting me to eat it.

“I have to get a box right now,” I told Penny. I knew--or at least I hoped--that once my second half of pizza went into the box, I’d close the lid and get it home into the fridge, to reappear another day for another meal. As the box lid closed, it was like Superman’s kryptonite had just been closed up in a lead container.

My name is Mark, and I am a glutton. Food is not safe around me. Even as I type these words, I’m allowing my mind to dance into the kitchen and wonder what marvels can be easily obtained. If all else failed, I could always heat up that pizza half.

I find it amazing what power I gain over my sin--and make no mistake, my gluttony is a sin--when I confess it. When I’m lying to myself and rationalizing away that package of cookies, when I try to believe that an entire box of Pop Tarts is a balanced snack, when I start thinking that a Chipotle burrito is simply a nice start, I have no hope. But when I confess my weakness and call it sin, God comes to not only forgive but to help me overcome. My name is Mark, and I’m a glutton.

  • What is the lingering sin that you need to confess?
  • Have you experienced the power that God gives when you confess your sins? How did that play out?
  • Pray that God will grant you the vision to identify the sins that are hobbling your efforts and then give you the strength to confess them.
About the Author

Mark Browning

Connection Point Member
Mark Browning is an English professor at Johnson County Community College. Mark also writes curriculum for LifeWay Resources and Connection Point Church. Visit Mark's personal blog at tunemyheart.net.