Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Philippians 2:5-8 

This is a season when we celebrate Jesus’ arrival on earth as a baby. I am in awe that Jesus was in heaven, experiencing perfect, unbroken fellowship with the Father and the Holy Spirit and willingly set aside His…well, He set aside everything. (John 17:5) He let go of everything He enjoyed in Heaven with God the Father and God the Spirit from before the world began. 

What would it look like for me to “let go” of my “rights?” To follow Jesus’ example? 

Then, as His short ministry unfolded on earth, he was misunderstood and, though innocent, was accused of many things. He chose to let go of His right to be understood. He was declared guilty–the One who knew no sin became sin on our behalf so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God! (1 Corinthians 5:21) 

What if I were to let go of my insistence that I be understood?  

When I am treated as if I am something I am not, it really outrages me. (Just being real here…) What if I let go of insisting that others acknowledge what is true about me and “give me credit” for who I am and my character? 

The sins committed against Him–He let go of those too. 

What if I let go of the sins committed against me? Forgiving…Completely, utterly letting go of the lie that I deserve better. 

What if I were to let go of the fight? 

What does this have to do with food and eating? Everything. For me, anyhow. When I insist on any of these things and don’t have my way, I seem to think “I Deserve a Donut”…I believe a LIE. I act like I am entitled…if God is going to let me suffer this way 🙄, then surely I should get to have some sort of reward…

What if I were to let go of the lies that move me to eat when I am not hungry?

Lord, please help me to really let go of these. Not stuff them down or claim that these feelings aren’t real and understandable. Help me to process them with you without the “upgrade” of eating while I do. Help me to let go of each one and truly be like Jesus, who made Himself nothing. In His mighty Name, Amen.

What about you? 

Can you relate to any of these questions? What if you were to join me in letting go of one of these things? The sins committed against you, the fight, the lies that lead you to eat when you aren’t hungry, acknowledgement and understanding from others or your “rights?”

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