It’s time!  I woke up this morning and another pair of my favorite pants didn’t fit.  I am using a hair band to fasten my clothes and  have to wear these ghastly “shapers” to hold in the fluff…this is not where I want to be.  I knew my girth size was creeping up these last months but didn’t challenge it’s existence…until today.

As I contemplated what I am going to do to alter my food intake and begin an exercise regimen, it occurred to me that I am only one of millions in our country who feels that added weight is a burden.  When I look around I don’t only see people carrying added physical weight on their bodies but I also see the extra weight of financial debt, the weight of too many responsibilities that inhibit them from enjoying their lives and the weight of too many activities that limit their time with family.  Okay, this was supposed to be a conscious decision to lose physical weight but now I am challenged by the weight of everything in life…why are we carrying so much extra?  How can we trim our excesses and get to a point where we are at peace in every area of our lives?

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT), “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?  You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” This tells me to get rid of all idol worship in this body/temple.  I have never considered eating good food to be idol worship but I guess if I find more pleasure in it than in God I am putting food where He should be.  In Proverbs 22:7 Solomon says, “Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.”  I know too well that financial debt is a huge burden to me and many I know.  It is like a noose around our necks and we must try to pay our debts and owe no one.  As for activities, Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-29, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”   He knew we would be inclined to do more than we need to and take on more responsibilities than He requires of us.  I love that Jesus cares enough about us now that He said these words way back when.  We can learn from Him…learn how to let our souls rest in Him.

This exploration has gone much deeper than I intended.  Now am I not only considering what I need to do to lose weight physically, but how to trim the excess in other areas of my life.  There is a constant need to reassess our lives to see where we carry “extra”.  It’s not a one time fix but a lifelong pursuit to shed the excess so we can embrace all that Christ has for us in this life.

 

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