February 28, 2014 Total weight loss #18.0
Yeah, I did the math and I’m down about four lbs overall this month. Most of that was in the last two weeks. I gained, then lost, then gained. A yo-yo existence. Even though I was on task, at least for the most part.
Then I figured out that I was not giving myself appropriate credit for the exercising I did faithfully each morning. I was not eating enough to compensate. My body hung on to the fat because it couldn’t figure out what I was doing to it. Once I started adding a little extra food (good stuff not junk food) by body felt comfortable to attack the fat.
I suppose our spiritual life is much like that. We try to get by on last week’s sermon rather than adding to our spiritual plate with daily goodness from His Word.
On one meeting this month we discussed the scourge of the weekend. For many, the weekends tend to discombobulate. The workweek lends itself to much structure. The weekends are filled with sport events, children’s activities, church, and visiting relatives. We tend to eat our more on the weekends. In our culture, all these activities come with food…lots…and good tasting. We fool ourselves into thinking we do not need to stay accountable to the routine because we’ve been “good all week.”
How easy it is to undo the good we’ve accomplished by a few days of thoughtless indulgence. I realized I need to adopt the same mindset to weekends as I do to my spiritual exercise. There are seven days to be mindful not merely five.
The next week we talked about Portion Control. Guesstimating weights,portions and point values can be at dangerous practice. We think we’ve got it--after all we’ve been at it a long time.
Immediately, the spirit checked me. Isn’t this what we tend to do with their Bible reading? We’ve read The Prodigal Son story so many times we could recite it, so, why bother reading it again? We develop an arrogance that God has no more to teach us so why bother reading the Bible?
This month God has given me several good verses and inspiration to keep up the good fight, not just for weight loss but for the whole of life. I am finding that the more I feast on God’s love for me, remember that He has fought the battles for me, the less I crave food to fruitlessly fill my feelings of emptiness or dissatisfaction.
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body he kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it (1 Thessalonians 5:23 – 24 NIV).
God himself stands ready to fully satisfy us. If there is a void, He has already planned to fill it. Sometimes I only need to wait.