Ruth 2:14 – And at mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come here and eat some bread and dip your morsel in the wine.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed to her roasted grain. And she ate until she was satisfied, and she had some left over.
My wife and I made the mistake of going to a cheap Chinese buffet. The food was bland and the service was not that good. It seemed to me that the help was more interested in speaking to each other in Chinese than speaking and attending to the needs of the customers. But I digress. The problem wasn’t the restaurant, it was me. Even though the food was bland I kept eating. I ate until I was full. I wanted to get my money’s worth.
I used to joke about what the apostle Paul said in I Corinthians 9:27 when he said “I buffet my body…” I buffet my body too by going to the buffet. But if we really look at that verse we see that Paul was really trying to say that he trains his body and disciplines it so that he will not be unfit or unapproved in God’s kingdom. When I see that I realize the joke is on me and it isn’t funny at all.
One of the first lessons they try to teach you when you start your weight loss journey is to only eat until you are satisfied. You have to slow down, enjoy the food, chew thoroughly, and watch your portions. All of those are hard to do when you are at a buffet. Too many of us want to eat until we are full or stuffed.
There are even Biblical examples of the same thing. Ruth ate til she was satisfied and took the rest home so her mother-in-law could have some too. She did not take advantage of Boaz’s hospitality and gorge herself on his bread and wine.
There have been times when we have been to restaurants where Wendy and I have shared an entree. Believe it or not, most places don’t mind bringing you an extra plate so you can share (just not the buffets…lol!). It takes planning and talking it over before hand but it is worth it in the end. It is even rather romantic to share a meal.
What makes me mad about the buffet was that I knew what I was doing too. There were somethings that I really didn’t enjoy but I ate them anyway! Is that stupid or what? And I have to say that I was uncomfortable for the next several hours. Ugh.
The next morning, I told Wendy what I did at the restaurant and she giggled and admitted the same thing. We redoubled our commitment to avoid buffets if at all possible. We also talked about how we could pray for each other and help hold each other accountable.
Dear Lord, Thank you for the many delightful foods you have created. You have blessed us with every good and perfect gift. I praise you and ask that you help me to have the wisdom and restraint to eat only until I am satisfied. Help me to walk away from the table with leftovers. Thank you for Jesus and the gift of eternal life. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.
“Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.”
“… food is simply one of the richest human experiences. So, for that reason, I will share with you the most riveting yet simplistic revelation born of my nutrition education joint with my feverish love for edibles. Are you ready? Here it is: Eat what you love. Stop when you are satisfied.”