Most of you all know that through most of my life I have had a battle with being overweight. Five years ago I weight over 400 lbs and got the weight down to under 230 at one point, but since then I have gained close to 70 of it back. I think I finally figured out why.
Whenever people would ask me how I lost the weight, I would talk about how I started eating better and I started working out more. Notice a theme in that sentence, yeah I thought I did something special and I wanted people to know what I did.
For most of the time that the weight was coming off it was a constant battle with Satan to overcome my addiction to food. My phone’s background simply said “remember.” In my pocket, every day, was a piece of paper with 1 Peter 1:13-16 written on it to remind me of how I should be living with God in mind, not my old ways and yet when people asked me how I did it, I told them how I did it, not how God held my hand through the process.
13So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14 So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then.15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16
When it comes to food, I have slipped back into my old ways to satisfy my own desires, but no longer. I joined Weight Watchers the other day and with that program and my reliance on God to help me with temptation I am planning on getting to the best shape of my life before I move to Germany.