So you’re overweight? unhealthy? out-of-shape? (Same.)
The world tells us our problem is we simply need more self-control, more will-power, less laziness, and simply put our minds to it.
She believed she could, so she did. (Blech.)
But I’m going to you a secret… if the solution to our weight/health issues resides solely in our hands, we might as well give up now.
Don’t you think if we were able to overcome this by sheer willpower (and motivated by guilt and shame), we would have already?
- I don’t enjoy being obese.
- I hate feeling like food controls me.
- I truly desire to be light and free and joyful in my body.
But until I realized the root of my problem, I continued to run to food to comfort me. I ate half a gallon of ice cream in 48 hours. I binged watched 5 seasons of Flashpoint in 2 weeks.
I ran from my hurts to what I knew would give me a temporary high or let me check-out. I didn’t want to deal.
The issue wasn’t the food or my lack of exercise.
It was my heart—my soul.
And, friend, I can guarantee you (unless you have a legit health problem), your issues with your weight and your body image are rooted in an impoverished soul—a heart believing the world’s lies.
Don’t believe me? Does this sound familiar:
Your Diet’s Been Built on Shaky Ground
Next Monday, right?
Next Monday is when we’ll start eating better. We may even join Weight Watchers—it’s worked for us in the past.
Yep, next Monday it is.
Today, we’re going to eat all the junk and watch all the shows, but next week, we’re buckling down, squeezing out every ounce of willpower we have and rocking this diet.
Oh. . .but next week is your daughter’s birthday party. And Sunday, I have that potluck at church.
In two Mondays, it’s on. And now we have two full weeks to eat all the food and watch all the shows. Two weeks until life as we know it is OVER.
Sound familiar? Yeah, for me too.
And yet, I can think of at least 600 reasons why this doesn’t work. But none is more important than this one:
We’re building the foundation of our healthy living “diet” on a rocky mess of lies. It’s the foundation of
No wonder, we’re “starting over” every other month. So how do we get on the right path and STAY on it?
We lay the Best Foundation.
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On Solid Rock Your
Diet Soul Will Stand Rest
Kelsey, are you about to tell me that to “get healthy” I need to study my Bible? Seriously?
I know. I know. But yeah, I am.
We have to dig out the lies—the shaky foundation—and lay down Truth. If our hearts are believing that God will love us more if we weighed less or God doesn’t care at all about our health or that to be healthy you simply have to muster up the strength, you may lose physical weight but not the chains on your heart.
The Truth is…
- His love is unconditional.
- He made your body. Of course, He cares about it.
- You don’t have to (and you can’t) free yourself from these chains all on your own.
I can’t tell you how many times I don’t want to start exercising because I know I’m currently too physically weak to get through the entire workout. Or I don’t bother eating better because I know I don’t have the willpower to last more than a few days.
But what if I believed that God is more than enough for my weaknesses. What if I trusted that even if I didn’t finish the workout or eat perfectly that every time I invited God into my weaknesses that He is sanctifying me.
Isn’t that more important than a smaller waistline?
Jesus deserves all power over our lives, but we can never give it to Him by holding onto our own perceived power and wishes and ideals.
It’s either a humble heart and a powerful God or a pride-filled life filled with many weak gods—food, sex, drugs, self.
Do you want the strength to succeed this time? Then get rid of that lie-filled shaky foundation and lay down the Truth.
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It’s time to stand on solid ground.