“Lord can you help me lose weight”? Does this sound familiar? Have you ever felt like you’ve tried everything when it comes to losing weight? Can including God in your eating habits assist you on your journey to better health? 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 greater 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 research points to the fact that being overweight can put a lot of strain on our health. 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 cancer. My husband Randy was able to lose over 80 pounds by simply applying God’s word and changing his diet to a low carb keto one.
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 getting by. If we are honest food can become more of a comforter than a source of nourishment. However, we should never give food that much power. For years Randy struggled with his weight and consequently his health. It was his decision to go to God that transformed his life.
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 to be. Developing a healthy attitude towards eating helps us not become addicted to any food group, or allow it to consume our daily thoughts. Yet it’s easier said than done because old habits die hard, and lack of support can be crippling. For many, poor food habits can be traced all the way back to childhood, which is why we need to understand it’s a complex thing to change the way we view food.
Being patient with the process is essential. 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 willing to change your attitude towards food.
Is it possible to ask God to help us lose weight? To answer this question we first need to ask ourselves an honest question; Do we really want to lose weight? 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 some people may manage to lose a large amount of weight only to regain it all back and then some. Why? Because they truly are not ready to embrace a life that is so radically different from what they are accustomed to.
There may be countless reasons why a person is truly not ready. Perhaps, there are things in their past that they have chosen to ignore or push back. The idea of opening these doors can be too painful.
The unfortunate thing is that in order to be completely free we need to be willing to peel some painful layers back. It’s not easy to face why we turn to food for comfort. Why did we begin to use food to self -medicate? Why did we give up? It’s so much easier to just ignore the core root issues.
Let’s look at a Bible story where Jesus asks a question that catches us by surprise. 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. The sick 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.
Something shocking happens in this story as our loving Jesus asks this man what seems to be a pretty insensitive question, “Do you want to be made well”? 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. His location and pain had become part of his identity.
It was in this predictable environment that the crippled man shared his life, told everyone about his plight, gained sympathy and felt part of a community. What would he talk about once he became whole? Where would he hang out? Who would be his friends? His sickness had become a place of safety.
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 still the case for us today. For real change to occur we must be willing to bend our will. We must do things differently, no matter how uncomfortable or unfamiliar it may be.
Sometimes, this means changing just about everything in our lives in order to get the results we are hoping for. 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? Or will you continue to stay comfortable for the sake of not stirring the waters, because people are not accustomed 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 can become 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 being, 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 every day life 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 your health journey and all that it affords.
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