Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Fat Body, Big God and Discipline - Entry #4
What I love about the battle of my weight is the battle. I mean, listen, I love to fight! The life of faith is marked by fighting. And, as I’ve been here before, I can tell you I am in for a fight. It is a good picture of walking with Jesus; I am constantly faced with choices and I battle my own desires, I fight against my own ignorance and I war what is “normal.”
I contend also that it is a personal battle and a corporate one as well. What I mean to say is how I am in the fight by myself, because it’s my choices that have to be faced and it’s my problems and it’s my weight. It is also corporate because God has already sent some prayer warriors and encouragers alongside me; some cheerleaders and friends who are wanting and wishing the best for me.
I am already encouraged by that. It is amazing to me that a few small posts on my pretty obscure blog have brought 2 people into this war with me. I am being honest; albeit through my normal lens of humor and straightforwardness. I am testifying of struggle and hope and anticipation and God’s people are responding with encouraging words and prayers. I mean, hey, it’s like church ought to be!
Which brings me to one of my oft exercised side sermons…
What if we did truly share our struggles and dreams with our brothers and sisters in Christ? What if we braved confession? What if could? Would? Did? I am constantly confirming two things the Holy Spirit has taught me in relationships: (1) a person loses steam when they try to argue someone who is humble; (2) honest confession is met with kindness. We desperately need this honesty! We need confession. We need the support that the Family will give in response to our confessions of struggle and need.
Sure, there are some who won’t understand. There are some that will ridicule. There are some that will laugh. Sure. Okay; good. That’s just the way it is. But, in my experience, for every 10 people that drag you down it only takes one to erase all of that junk and lift our spirit!
Therefore, I offer these verses to you (and myself):
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Galatians 6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
I know James says to “confess yours sins” and that is necessary. Also, it is useful to confess our struggles. Both are often encased in a stronghold. We need the prayers of righteous people; we need to see the problem, have the right mind about it, and go to war against it. We need people who will tell us the truth and desire God’s best for us. We need prophets, accountability partners and cheerleaders. We need people that will lay a willing hand to our burdens!
Onto something else…
I was riding a stationary bike and I noticed that it would tell how many calories a person burned as they exercised. When I noticed this I had burned 140 calories and had ridden about 4 miles in 20 minutes. Suddenly I remembered that a Mt. Dew has something like 170 calories. I thought, “Hey, no danged wonder I am fat! I am putting in more than I let out!” (I know, you are thinking, “Duh!”) However, what was so sobering, so weirdly sobering, is to put numbers to that stuff.
I like numbers. I know them. However, I have added them up in my case. It’s called math. I am working with a negative that has built up to positively too much weight!
Now that I’ve made this calorie discovery I am afraid that some cad may reveal to me the dangers of sweet tea. If you know, keep it to yourself. One thing at a time!