The big question is “Why?” Why do you really, truly want to lose weight? This seems like one of those “Duh!” questions. But is it? How much have you thought about the “Why?” How much more have you thought about the “If only”? We tend to dwell on the “If only’s”. If only I… looked like I did in high school, was prettier, looked thin, was a size 6… then I’d be happier? Go ahead, what is your “Why?”
On a PBS Television Special, Harold Kushner summed this up, “Tomorrow morning, if every woman in America woke up feeling good about her appearance, the American economy would collapse. Whole industries are built on the notion that women are afraid they will not be lovable unless they measure up to some standard of perfection.”
Back to the big “Why?” question. Discard every answer you came up with that relates to body image or outward appearance. What do you have left?
Maybe your, “Why I want to lose weight”, isn’t so much appearance as it is one of these… I’d feel better in my jeans, (yes, this is one of mine, I hate it when my thighs jiggle). I’d have less knee pain. I’d get down on the floor with my grandkids to play. I’d like to feel young as long as possible. I might be able to take a lower dose of diabetes medicine. I’d like to lead youth groups at church without being out of breath. I’d like to have more energy throughout the day. I like to run up stairs two at a time. (I admit it, this one’s mine, too. I plan to run up stairs two at a time until one step takes both feet!)
How about this one? I’d like to think more clearly. This one may not have been on your list but recent research links excess weight to lower brain function, memory, and attention span. And we thought we were just showing signs of our age!
Do you believe God? Do you believe you are who God says you are? That He knew exactly who you would be before the creation of the earth? That you have inestimable value beyond your appearance? All through Scripture God says who you are. You are loved. In Christ, you are also blessed, chosen, adopted, accepted, redeemed and forgiven. Read Ephesians 1:3-8. And you are His. Your body, mind and soul.
Do you know that God has you here for a reason? If He hasn’t taken you Home yet, He’s not done with you. We have Kingdom work to do. Would more energy, less pain and a clearer mind make a difference in the Kingdom work you do?
I promised you some food for thought in this series. I hope I’ve done that today.