As National Eating Disorder Awareness Week comes to a close, I would like to share with you the end-of-chapter Affirming Action from Chapter 10, “Reclaiming the Gift of Health,” in my book, Hope, Help and Healing for Eating Disorders: A Whole-Person Approach to Anorexia, Bulimia and Overeating:
Consider these verses: “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him: for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).
How long has it been since you considered your body a temple? Have you ever thought of yourself that way? God does. He considers your body as sacred. So sacred, he considers it an appropriate place for his Spirit to dwell.
In this world, you are also God’s hands and his feet. You are part of the body of Christ.
Up to now, you have considered your body your own. You have decided that you can treat, or mistreat, your body however you choose. You may have given God your heart, your mind, your soul, and your strength — but you have withheld his sovereignty over your body. You have chosen to continue to conduct your eating disorder on a body that does not truly belong to you any longer.
Are you ready to give your body to God? Are you ready to submit to his will concerning your body? And what is his will? For you to recognize your body as his temple, sacred to him.
I am learning to trust my body to function and heal as God designed it to. I am learning to accept and love all of me … my body included.