“God can you please help me lose weight!” Does this sound familiar to any of you? Have you ever felt like you have tried everything, and now it seems like the only thing left is to implore God? Can including God in your eating habits assist you in your journey to lose weight? Does God even take an interest in our bathroom scales?
Well as a Christian, I feel that God is very interested in helping us in our daily lives. Why wouldn’t he want to help us lose weight if it’s something we need for good health? The Bible tells us in John 10:10 that Satan came to steal, kill and destroy but I (Christ) came to give (you) life, and more abundantly.
I think we can all agree that science has effectively shown us that being overweight can put a lot of strain on our bodies. We know that it is one of the main causes of major diseases, including high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. Studies show that it can even put us at a higher risk for many cancers.
I believe in a God that desires the very best for us. That he wants to give us a full abundant life not one of just barely existing. The reality though, is that for many food has become more of a comforter than a source of nourishment. We should never give food that much power. By turning to food when we are tired, sad or even happy we set ourselves up to make food more than it was ever intended. Developing a healthy attitude towards eating, helps us not become addicted to any food group or allow it to consume our daily thoughts.
However let’s face it, this is easier said than done. Old habits die hard, and lack of support can be crippling. For many the bad habits can be traced all the way back to childhood, and therefore we need to understand it will be a process of mind transformation. Patience is needed, after all you did not gain the weight overnight. It’s been proven that those that lose weight too quickly can miss out on the important lesson of learning to eat properly for life.
So if you are interested in long term permanent weight loss, you must be patient and make room for a new way of looking at your food. I dare say a radical way of looking at your life.
Is it possible to ask God to help us lose weight? To answer this question we first need to ask ourselves the truly honest question; Do we really want to lose weight? I can almost hear everyone yelling back at me. What? Are you kidding me? Of course I do! However, you may be surprised to know that many who try to lose weight self -sabotage themselves.
This why you may have seen people lose sometimes even large amounts of weight only to regain it again. Why? Because they truly are not ready to embrace a life that is so radically different.
There may be countless reasons why, and many that they have never even taken the time to examine before. Perhaps, there are things in their past that they have chosen to ignore or pushed back, and to open that door would be too painful.
The unfortunate thing is that in order to be completely free we need to be willing to peel the onion layers of our life. To ask ourselves the difficult and sometimes even painful questions. Questions like, why did we resort to food for comfort? When did we use it to self -medicate? Why did we give up? Simply it’s easier to just not address the core issues.
Let’s look at a bible story where Jesus asks a similar question. The story is found in John 5: 1-9, here we find a man that had been ill for 38 years and he was surrounded by others who were in a similar situation. They gathered at the Pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem where history showed that every so often an angel would disturb the waters, and whoever entered the water first would be healed. But understand that this was not an easy task, after all if you could not get up, who would help you into the waters?
Yet something shocking happens, our loving Jesus asks this man what seems to be a pretty insensitive question, “Do you want to be made well?” Wow, talk about not holding back! Why would he be so direct? How many of us would have been tempted to reply with some smart sarcastic answer. “No Jesus don’t mind me, I love this life of sitting around the pool and feeling lousy”.
However, what is Jesus really asking the man? Is he not asking him if he wants to truly change? Jesus when looking intently at this man must have seen something to rightfully ask this. What did Jesus see? Perhaps, he saw a man who had grown comfortable in his surroundings. Maybe, the idea of new life would be too frightening, after all everyone around the pool knew him as the guy who had been there for years, perhaps even the longest.
It was in this predictable environment that he shared his life, told everyone about his plight, gained sympathy and felt part of a community. What would he talk about? Where would he hang out? Who would be his friends? It had become his identity.
The reality is that although Jesus spoke the word, the healing power of God could only manifest until the man assumed the responsibility of choosing to be whole and risking the possibility of his life never being the same. This is the case for us today. For true change to occur we must bend our will. We must be willing to do things differently, no matter how uncomfortable or unfamiliar it may be.
We must to take chances! This sometimes means changing just about everything in our lives. Are you willing to make a complete about face? What if that means there will be people who will no longer be by your side? Would you be willing to embrace a life where you find your voice? Where you are not afraid to say no to something because you know it’s not in your best interest? Or will you continue to stay comfortable for the sake of not stirring the waters, because people are not used to you voicing your opinion?
There is no doubt that it’s not always easy to embrace change. We are creatures of habit and no matter how much we may pride ourselves in being “unique” even your uniqueness becomes predictable if people know exactly how we will react in any given situation. Change can make us question everything and that can be scary. Which is why I believe including God in your decision to lose weight is a wise one.
Sure you can cause a physical biological change to your body without God, but when you include Him you have a definitive advantage emotionally and spiritually over those who don’t.
When we understand that we are not just a physical body, but that we are spirits living in a physical body, it changes everything. We are complex beings with a spirit, soul and body and every area must be properly taken care of in order to live our best life.
Include God into your everyday events and begin to really live the life you were created for! Before you start your day make sure you ask God to help you stay on track and continue to ask him throughout the day. Don’t place a bite of food in your mouth without asking him if you are physically hungry or if there is another deeper hunger that needs to be addressed.
Let God fill those areas that need comfort. Allow him to heal those broken places in your soul. This will prepare you to embrace the journey to be at a healthy weight not just for special event but for life.
If you would like more information on how to include God into your diet plan feel free to contact me Hilda Solares at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are in the Miami, FL area and would like to visit our church check out our website for more information. www.wordoffaithglobal.org