If you have a “root,” it just means you never gave yourself fully over to God. “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” Hebrews 12:16 You left a part of your heart, mind, and soul back to rule over it all. You have held back a part of the day that is “yours.” Perhaps you are afraid that God would not give you enough food or income or good times. Perhaps you think He is too distant or harsh. But look at all the animals. They are so taken care of—all with a home and a family and a future for the species. Remember back to your first few days, just trusting God with hunger and fullness, and how great you did. You did not hurt for anything—you lost weight and were happier and had so much more energy. Those are the moments of giving all to God. Those moments help you see the truth of God’s rule. It is wonderful.
All the tips in the world of how to eat less food will not help you if you do not just give it up and let God give back to you what He wants to give back. I can attest to the fact that it is more than enough; God is generous. Remember, more is not more—more is less. When you overeat, you cannot taste it, and the results are painful.
Even in the small choices—when you hear God’s lead through authority, suggestions from His Word, or directions from His Word, please take heed, because every little decision helps you to make a total life change. Learn to love to follow God’s voice through hunger and fullness. In I John 2:5a it says, “But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him.” And the opposite is also true. However, if you continue to obey God, your love for God will be complete—daily choices that renew the mind until the mind is made up, and at that point it is a whole new life. You do not just make a one-time decision at age 12 to follow Christ. This is an ongoing life-change decision that you carry into every day, every space, every meal, and every situation.