Let’s go ahead and confront the elephant in the room.
Overeating is sin.
and put a knife to your throat
if you are given to gluttony.
Do not crave his delicacies,
for that food is deceptive.
So many Christians stretch their self-righteous muscles when it comes to hot topics but fail to work a muscle at the gym. My brothers and sisters in Christ will pull out a laundry list of flaws in others while pulling up to a table laden with overindulgences. They tighten the list of rules needed to measure to their interpretation of being a Christian while loosening their belts to make room for an expanding girth.
And of these sinners saved by grace, I am the chief.
I am not trying to be preachy. Nope. That isn’t my style. My job as a Christian is to love all – just as they are – and point them toward God. It is His job to transform people. So, before you get upset, keep reading because I am going to give you a peek into my soul.
Throughout My Fat Story, the journey of my life, I have been aware that my sin of gluttony was just as evil as the sins taken before the Supreme Court… and yet, I continued to eat.
What a hypocrite!
About five weeks ago, I found myself seated in church, knowing that something had to change. This addiction to food was killing me, but I felt helpless to change myself and thought God had turned me over to my sin.
Our Pastor began talking about the Bible as the living, breathing Word of God and something so simple cracked through my hardened heart.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
What if losing weight has nothing to do with my ability to push away from the plate and everything to do with devouring God’s Word daily? Could it be? If I added one simple thing… reading from my Bible every morning… could I lose weight?
So, I tried it.
Within four weeks, I had lost ten pounds. Not just from reading my Bible. No. I was eating better and getting some exercise too. But it was somewhat easy because I found myself wanting to make better choices.
Crazy, but my house was also cleaner. I was getting more work done in less time. I didn’t yell at my kids as much.
You might be thinking that none of this is related. Yeah, I was beginning to think so too. That is when I stopped reading my Bible for a week, although not on purpose. It just wasn’t a priority. I didn’t think it would matter.
The first few days, I couldn’t really tell a difference. Then, without making the connection as to why, the temptation to eat started to rise. By the weekend, I was binging on pizza, wings, and chocolate.
Whoa! What happened? I had to give myself a good shake and figure out what had changed. I picked my brain to find the cause of my regression, and it dawned on me brighter than the hot light at Krispy Kreme.
I stopped reading my Bible.
Whether you see the connection or not, the truth is that when I don’t put Jesus first, I gain weight and lose my priorities. With Him in first place, I gain priorities and lose weight.
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This causes me to ask you… what would change in your life if you added one thing to your day? If you added ten or twenty minutes of reading the Bible… would anything change? Aren’t you curious?
I decided to work my way through the Bible from front to back. Maybe you would rather start with middle or jump to the book of Matthew to read about the life of Jesus. Where ever you start, just start, and see what happens.
Keep me posted!
If you are willing to accept my challenge and read the Bible a little each day, please consider joining my Facebook group called Being Mom to keep me posted on whether or not anything changes for you.
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