Some time last year I discovered to my utmost surprise that I couldn’t for the life of me fit my favorite jeans. Try as I might, the stretch had reached its limit of elasticity and the button barely buckled. I concluded with shocking admission that I had indeed, put on
a bit of weight…what did I expect from working a job where I had to sit around all day, indulging in decadent delights?
I always prided myself in being THAT person. The “healthy” one who could consume a mountain and still maintain my size and all that comes with the territory. Boy was I wrong. I fell short, off my high horse, and am now on a humbling pilgrimage to the promised land of healthy living. A land devoid of silly cellulite and bulging bottoms and friends that exclaim, “You’ve gained so much weight!”
And even when I tell people I am going on a diet (not in the strictest sense), many have insisted, “you look just fine like this! If anything you were too skinny before!” Uhhm thanks? …What I really mean is that I am embracing cleaner and healthier eating because I don’t necessarily want to lose weight, I just want to get my health back in tip-top shape.
And how’s that going you ask? Hmmm well… Some days I’m good. The broken scale in my bathroom says my weight has not budged at all on the days I eat healthy. (win!) Heck, I even started going vegetarian! And that lasted all of 1 day because Thursday at Bible study, the Lord prepared a table for me of bucket chicken and deluxe size pizza. Who was I to say no?
But the truth of the matter was, Once I made my decision, I should have stuck to it. No matter what minds of reason came to sway my view. I learnt the hard way that, put simply in the words of a wise friend of mine, “If you indulge, you will bulge”. And indulge I did, convinced by my comfortable opinion that, i wouldn’t gain weight because I couldn’t, I just couldn’t! Who did I think I was? Eating unhealthily, and not exercising is ALWAYS going to lead to an unhealthy body. Whether or not it shows on the outside, the inside will always tell the true story.
So what am I saying? Just like with an unhealthy lifestyle, an unhealthy relationship with God will too, have adverse effects. And true, we can “get by just fine” on our own and think we are OK. Until we suddenly find ourselves in a bad place and then realise our wayward ways. We don’t pray, we don’t read the Bible. And just like we can try to convince ourselves that a cupcake in both hands is a balanced diet (amen somebody), we too can, live sinfully, shout hallelujahs and raise our hands. But you won’t make it if you fake it. I’m sorry. Not Sorry. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that appears to be right but in the end it leads to death.”
So check yourself. There is no point in trying to measure yourself against another person’s weight plan or BMI. Yours is your own. You won’t get into heaven on account of another man’s righteousness. It’s not enough for you to sit back and watch the exercise lady on tv and think it’s somehow going to rub off on you, You gotta get your own routine . And it’s not enough to just hear about how awesome a healthy lifestyle is, you’ve got to taste and see how sweet a walk with Jesus is FOR YOURSELF. Or you won’t ever know. Psalm 34:8 says to “taste and see that the LORD is good!”
Dare I go a step further to say, make regular check ins with your “doctor”, yes I am talking about the pastor. Go to the hospital, yes Church. Don’t wait until it’s too late when the Great physician, yes God, says I wish you had come in sooner. This bitterness, or anger or lust you had growing on the inside is now a tumor stage four and it’s going to take some time to deal with it. So many people make excuses about how they are so many fake “Men of God” these days, and false prophets. And so they’d rather sit at home. It’s true, there are. But there are still some great pastors out there. Bible-believing, Faith-speaking Men of God who aim to fill your hearts and mind with the goodness of the Lord. With the TRUTH. The ones whose concern in the state of your soul and not the size of your pocket. They exist, find them. Just like fake doctors and quacks don’t keep you from going to the hospital, the fact that there are SOME bad “pastors” out there shouldn’t keep you from finding a good church.
It’s funny how sometimes I can walk into church and be surprised by the sermon. Like wow! That’s just what I needed to hear! And, I didn’t even know it! The Bible…a dosage a day, keeps the devils at bay. That just about sums it up. Unlike a diet though, you don’t get cheat days. You can’t be a vege-Christian on everyday except Thursday when you momentarily lapse back into meat-eating. But you won’t need to! Yes, walking with Jesus is the most scrum-diddly-umptious thing I’ve ever experienced. It’s so awesome, I can’t even begin to describe it! Please try Him…His burden is easy, and His yoke is light (Matt 11:30)