This might be the most radical and controversial notion I’ve had related to weight. We’re going way outside the Corn Flakes box. Right on over to the Crackers section. My ‘Out to Lunch’ sign is ready for hanging, if necessary.
Have you ever lost weight on purpose and gained it back? All of it? Some? More than all? More than once? Are you still gaining weight? Well, STOP IT! Really, literally, stop gaining weight. This is extreme, I know.
To gain or not to gain, that is the question. This might be you today. You want to lose weight. But you’re not. You don’t want to gain weight. But you are. In Romans 7 Paul talks about struggling with the desires of the flesh. Paul said, “For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice: but what I hate, that I do.” (NKJ) We know that the fallen human nature is going to try to rebel against God. Food is another one of those spiritual battles. Paul goes on in Romans 8 to explain that there is a way to victory. Jesus frees us to live in the power of the Holy Spirit. Really, isn’t every life struggle and every victory a spiritual one?
Is it time to cut our losses? And time to stop our gains? This is my opinion but I’m asking you to think about it. What if we cut our losses and called a halt to gaining weight, setting aside the daily focus of weight loss. Imagine instead, calling a halt to weight gain. If you have been gradually gaining weight for some time, imagine that starting NOW you smashed the “I have to lose weight” record playing over and over in your head. The push and pull conflict of wishing for weight loss and the reality of seeing weight gain instead is distressing for anyone in that situation.
An unhealthy obsession is sneaking in, pushing aside the simple healthy goal of taking care of our temples. Anything that becomes more important than God is an idol. Keep your balance. Stay on the godly side of health. Seek Him first. God told us in His Word, Jesus is our Counselor. Read Isaiah 9:6. Do you believe He is Who He says He is? That He can do what He says He can do? Believe Him. Ask Him to take over.
As usual, I’m giving you a tough thing to chew on. STOP gaining any MORE weight. Call a halt to weight gain and gain some breathing space instead. STOP the madness. Just STOP.
While I’ve got you screeched to a STOP, take a good look at your fists clenched around this thing. Open your hands. Reach toward the God of heaven. Do it now — your knuckles are starting to turn white.