I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve seen those words on an ad somewhere. Whether its some magical pill or potion, a rabbit food diet, some crazy contraption that gives you back pain just looking at it, some “its all in the mind” book, or a funky workout video where everybody in it has rock hard abs already, it’s pretty obvious that weight loss is a major issue in society. So major that according to a 2008 article on http://www.businessweek.com: “Like psychic readers and astrology hotlines, the weight loss industry sells hope to desperate people. Americans spend $40 Billion a year on weight loss programs and products alone.”
With questions like “honey, does my butt look big in these jeans?” being one of the questions that make grown men everywhere shudder in pure terror, it’s safe to say that it can be quite a touchy issue. Especially if the answer used to be a “no babe, you look lovely in those jeans”, but it gradually turned into a “yes, it really does and you might not want to wear those jeans anymore” – not that he’s likely to say that anyway.
But yes, carrying a little extra weight on your body can be quite a drag, but do you know what I think is an even bigger drag? Carrying emotional weight in your spirit over a dissatisfaction with yourself in general, about your past, about mistakes you’ve made, about people who did you wrong, about people who said things about you, about times when life seemed unfair, about a missed opportunity… And the list goes on… And on… And on…
So this isn’t really about how you can look like Twiggy…even I don’t look like her. But this is about how we all need to take a long hard look at ourselves and deal with all the baggage and issues we should have let go of, but instead we tie ourselves to it and live our lives around it.
You could be a runway model and still be carrying tons of extra weight that’s not only unattractive, but killing your joy, your peace, your health, your ability to give and receive love, your faith, and to make a long story short, its killing you slowly.
People make a big fuss over the weight they need to lose so they could fit into a particular outfit and not enough of a fuss about the sort of weight we all need to lose to ensure that we are able to fit securely into a relationship with someone without bursting into an “all men are dogs” rant as soon as something goes wrong, a friendship without bringing up how she did this and that to you last year, or even a relationship with God where you’re able to accept His mercy and grace and unconditional love with zero guilt and zero condemnation.
The top 5 secret weight-loss tips I mentioned in the title?
1. A mind-set makeover. If you’re carrying a lot of guilt and self-pity, keep this in mind: Psalm 65:3 “Though we are overwhelmed by our sins,
You forgive them ALL.” Not some, all are forgiven.
2. Stretch your forgiveness muscles. Colossians 3:13
“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”
3. Recommended diet. Galatians 5:22 “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
4. Work it out! James 2:17 “So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.” So do something for someone other than yours truly for a change and see all those self-absorbed issues and habits begin to fall away, because you’ll realize that the end of the world is never triggered by one person’s troubles.
Life is heavy enough without all the extra baggage we’re always carrying around over things we have no control over. In my opinion, there is nothing more Godgeous than someone who has shed all their insecurities, grudges and bitterness… Allowing them to be blameless… Shameless…and weightless…. What do you think?