Sunday, August 18, 2013

Weighty Matters




As an infant I caused my poor mother endless hours of worry. She thought I would surely die from lack of nourishment. It seems I wasn't big on eating or even drinking a bottle for that matter.

This phenomenon continued well into my childhood. I have vivid memories of sitting face to face, at the kitchen table, with a dish of rapidly cooling food (mostly vegetables). I was the lone occupant, everyone else having finished and gone on to do the things I wished I was doing. The dreaded "You will sit there until you eat everything on your plate," hung in the air. I swung my skinny legs back and forth and pushed the veggies around in a vain attempt to make it look as though I had eaten most of it.

About the time I hit my late teens there was a seismic shift in my attitude. I looked back in wonder at the little girl who couldn't abide peanut butter and thought cheese was a bad word. Fortunately, my activity level and metabolism rate remained high thus compensating for the increase in food consumption.

However, all good things must come to an end, and as I edged into my thirties I made the startling discovery that it's really easy to put on weight....and not so easy to take it off. Suddenly the word "diet" became a part of my vocabulary.

Over the next couple of decades I lost and found twenty-five - ish pounds over and over again. By carefully calculating my daily caloric intake, I would lose the weight and even maintain it for a reasonable amount of time. But counting calories can get really old, and before long the weight would magically reappear.

It is a cycle that is emblematic of most things in my life - a tendency to swing wildly from one extreme to the other. The battle for balance is one I fight daily.

Today I read this verse:

"Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
 I Cor. 10:31

Well that sort of puts things in perspective.

Our Pastor has a way of taking complicated spiritual issues and making them easy to understand. Concerning living the Christian life he says, "Read the Bible and do what it says." Simple.

I am tired of the wild ride. I want to make a permanent change. I think this just might do it. I need to lose about ten pounds.  You may hold me accountable.  I am sure there will be "those" days. That's okay. The One who gave the instructions also offers grace - without condemnation.

Anyone else with me? Anyone else think a simple choice to "eat or drink to the glory of God " might be a good diet plan? Perhaps we can cheer each other on.

Blessings,
Linda

14 comments:

  1. The word "Grace" must be running through all our churches today :) ...

    Since my husband and I now live sodium-savvy, it has become easier to keep my weight in its bondaries. I am actually thinking of writing about it soon.

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  2. Today in church we talked about hungering and thirsting for righteousness. :)

    I'm with you on this. I am.

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    1. Yeah! We can do this Sandy. Nothing complicated. Just a little prayer: Does this bring Him glory?

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  3. This sounded just like my story! I wouldn't even nurse when I was born until my grandma fixed sugar wrapped in a rag for me to suck on. Thin all my life until the 30s hit; add another 40 years to it and now I need to lose my belly roll. Let us know your plan ... I know it will surely exclude Cokes ... :(

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    1. I'm so glad I'm not alone Charlotte. No big plan - just a little prayer before I choose what to eat (to bring Him glory).

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  4. Yeah, I'm in. Again. Endless cycling and I'm tired of it. Thanks for these good words. Although, I have to add, I was never one to turn down food of any kind and unfortunately, always the first to clean my plate. Sigh.

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    1. I'm so delighted to have your company Diana. I'm wondering if a simple prayer to eat in a way that brings glory to Him will make a permanent change in my eating. I passed on the scrumptious rolls at dinner :)

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  5. This does include chocolate, doesn't it?!!!

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  6. Of course Susie! I just have to quit eating the whole bag on one sitting!

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  7. I have been trying to eat better and healthier and lose weight. I have been doing it earnestly with God in mind for the past 4 weeks. I have lost 6 lbs. I want to lose 30---and really it should be 40, but I will be thrilled with 30. I'm with you sister! :>)

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  8. I agree, sweet Linda! Thank you for sharing this. Praying for you, dear friend. Love and hugs!

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  9. Much like our relationship with God, it needs to be a lifestyle change, not a "diet" that we do for just a little while, don't you think? As a school and community health educator, the word "diet" rattles me to crazyLand.

    Maybe it'll help to make one change at a time... i.e. eating more of your fruits and veggies raw; drinking more water; changing out all white/refined for whole (white sugar/flour/rice/pasta for honey, brown rice, whole wheat flour/pasta). Once you master 20 days of a new lifestyle change, add in another. <-- don't mean to be bossy, it's just what i know. ;-)

    Love to you.

    Blessings

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  10. i like your idea. i think that i will join you in this.

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  11. That verse is great for our purposes. :) And it puts the focus on God's glory, not on food.

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