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.



eph2810 said...

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.

Sandra Heska King said...

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

I'm with you on this. I am.

lil red hen said...

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 ... :(

diana said...

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.

S. Etole said...

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

Linda said...

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

Linda said...

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).

Linda said...

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 :)

Linda said...

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

Beth said...

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! :>)

Stephanie said...

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

SimplyDarlene said...

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.


Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

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