I am a recovering compulsive overeater, abstinent by the grace of God one more day at a time.  For details, check out my food journal.  I have a ridiculously busy day today, and have appointments and priorities that will not allow me to do all that I have planned.  I am accepting this as the revelation of the will of my Higher Power, and yielding my plan to His.  As a result, my devotional meditation and readings are abbreviated today.  It is time to start living what I have been reading!


From today’s entry in Voices of Recovery:

“When working this [Fifth] Step we do more than just recite events from the past which we consider to be our wrongs…. We need to look at what those actions cost us.” — The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, p. 49


Analyzing our wrongs along with their exact natures: their benefits, their costs, their roots, in order to admit those natures to God, ourselves, and another human being, traces behavioral fruits to their source.  Once we dig up those pods and examine them, we find the will of our Divine Gardener easier to see, and can begin sorting weedy defects for disposal while carefully transplanting the traits we find desirable.


As a Christian abides in the Vine of Christ (John 15), and a fruitless one is cut off, so are we branches in miniature after the image and nature of that Vine.  Each tendril and shoot of our being should be measured and tested for its direction and worth according to the integrity of the Vine, and severed, rejected, and discarded when it is identified as defective under that standard.  There is no part of our selves worth spiritual death!  “If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.” (Matthew 18:8)  “25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body… 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.” (Ephesians 4:25-27) Abstinence means absolute abstention from any accommodation of adverse attributes.