Lysa goes on to talk about how she knew changes needed to be made and that they weren’t going to just happen. “I think we all get to a place sometimes in our lives when we have to give a brutally honest answer to the question, ‘How am I doing?’ It’s not really a conversation we have with a friend or family member. It’s one of those middle-of-the-night contemplations when there’s no one to fool. There’s no glossing over the realities staring us in the face.” I’ve been there several times. As we all know, excuses stink and won’t get you anywhere. Imagine fighting this battle, whatever it may be, for a lifetime. Ew. No thank you. Finally, Lysa got real with herself and figured out she had spiritual malnutrition, as did I. She goes on to say, “We feel overweight physically but underweight spiritually.” She hits the nail on the head with that one, doesn’t she? I have wasted so many hours in my 24 years worrying about my weight (and not losing any during this process) and not enough hours spent with God. How embarrassing. And, not to mention, I’ve been missing out on the BEST relationship anyone could ever have!!! In Matthew 19, a young, rich man comes to Jesus explaining that he has kept all of the rules that are listed in the Ten Commandments, but there is something missing from his relationship with God. Jesus then tells him that in order for him to be whole in Christ, he needs to sell all of his riches and possessions and follow Him. The rich man goes away, disappointed because he can’t give up the thing that dominates him…wealth. In our case, it’d be food. We can’t hide this from God. He already knows our hearts and minds inside and out and He is waiting for us to turn the one thing that consumes us, over to him.
Mark 8:34: If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
If you’re anything like me, you imagined Jesus standing up on a huge boulder or hill and shouting this across a boisterous crowd. Lysa says, “With Jesus, if we want to gain, we must give up. If we want to be filled, we must deny ourselves. If we want to truly get close to God, we’ll have to distance ourselves from other things. If we want to conquer our cravings, we’ll have to redirect them to God.” Wow…wake up and smell the coffee. We must DENY ourselves and follow Jesus. Turn over the addiction that we aren’t strong enough to handle and give it to God. I have been turning over to God my wants and desires for unhealthy things since about December 20, 2010. It was easy the first couple of weeks and now it is really becoming a bit more difficult. I must rely on God to get me through this. Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. I have and will continue to seek Him. What’s cool about having this issue with weight (yes, you heard me right) is that I can gain a closer relationship with Him through this journey. I turn to Him when I am feeling weak and want to eat a big, juicy cheeseburger, darn it! I have found that when I fill up on healthy food, that I am not tempted to cheat when others are around me eating not so healthy food. It’s quite amazing, I must say. God wants what’s best for me and is on my side! Lysa talks about how she got in line spiritually, physically and mentally. You have to admit you are lacking a relationship with God. You have to seek Him constantly for a relationship to grow. You may hate working out, but do SOMETHING that involves physical activity. You will always feel better after doing it. So just UP and do it already! You have to decide that you are tired of settling with your un-happy self and eating habits. “We were made for God’s promises in every area of our lives.”
You were made for more. You are a child of God and we are meant to be fully satisfied with HIM. Not food. I never thought I’d say this, but I am so thankful that I can use my weakness to grow closer t o God. I never thought I’d blog about my weight issues, but how cool that I can share it with all of you out there reading this! Please post comments and verses that help you deal with your struggles. Let me know how God is working in your life. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE feedback…even if it’s just to introduce yourself. Side note: I love meeting new people…so hollllllla!
Revelation 3:8 See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.
What are you waiting for?!?