While some might question whether the Bible is relevant to today, I maintain that it is. I have experienced the power of God’s Word in my life. Specifically, the principle of renewing the mind made all the difference in my eating disorder recovery.
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” When we think of how renew means to restore, revive or recover, we understand that a change needs to occur. Our thoughts obviously reside in our mind, so we can see that this verse tells us to change our thoughts. But there’s more. Look at the promise that even precedes that portion of this verse – the promise of transformation. So we can experience positive and meaningful results by changing our thoughts. What an amazing principle for eating disorder recovery.
But how can we change our thoughts, especially those negative, self degrading and deeply embedded ones? It may be a pretty daunting task at times, but it is possible. The key goes beyond the determination to not think certain thoughts to actually replacing them. In other words, don’t continue replaying the negative thoughts and lies, but instead find positive and truthful statements to replace them. If this seems overwhelming to you, feel free to ask for help.
Examine your thoughts and realize how the negative thoughts and lies feed the eating disorder. Find corresponding truths and positive statements to counteract the thoughts which are hurting you. Notice the difference in yourself when you are focused on the truth instead of lies.
Be consistent in your endeavor. This doesn’t mean that you won’t struggle, that you won’t slip back into old thought patterns, but it means to not give up. Write down the positive and truthful statements for easy access if need be. You can also ask someone to help keep you accountable in your efforts to focus on what will eventually help you step forward in your recovery.
Remember that God wants to see you free of your eating disorder, so you can feel free to ask Him for help in renewing your mind. Changing your thoughts may seem easier said than done some days. But while this can be a challenging process, the rewards are worth the effort. With God’s help, you can experience significant positive change by renewing your mind. Let Him lead you closer to freedom from your eating disorder.