Approximately seven weeks ago, on January 13th, I posted a blog entitled “Diet Time Again.” In that blog, I announced that I had begun a diet. I wanted to get my weight down from 201 to 180. I also gave the specifics of my tried and true plan for weight loss.
Well, I’m happy to report that yesterday morning I reached my goal of 180 pounds. Now I can move into maintenance mode and try to stay in the close vacinity of this weight. Several years ago, I had a fair amount of success maintaining my weight after a previous diet. I actually held the weight for a few years before falling off the wagon and starting the upward climb. We’ll see how things go this time.
Ecclesiastes 7:8 says: “The end of a thing is better than its beginning.” Solomon didn’t have diets on his mind when he wrote those words, but he sure could have. When those scale numbers materialized into the number 180 yesterday morning, I felt such a tremendous wave of accomplishment surge through my now skinnier body. That “end” was certainly a lot better than the “beginning” of 201!
Today, there’s no doubt that my “temple of the Holy Spirit” is in better shape than it was at the start of this year. The thirty minutes of exercising I’ve been doing five or six days a week has my muscles toned, my energy level up, and my stamina level increased. I won’t say I’m in the best shape of my life because that title will always be held by my early twenties self. I weighed this same weight then, but didn’t have the bad back, nicked up knee, and touch of arthritis in my right pinkie. I also didn’t have the wear and tear of a lot of years of pastoring and parenting! Still, though, I think I’m doing alright for a guy who’s 43.
To those of you out there who are Christians and need to lose some weight, I want to offer this thought: your dieting will go much better if you will see your weight loss as a spiritual activity. Don’t think, “Oh, this is something that I have to do.” Think instead, “This is something that I need to do to do a better job of maintaining my temple of the Holy Spirit.”
You see, Christian, when you get the focus off you and onto God the Holy Spirit, who literally lives inside your body, that will get your perspective where it needs to be. When weight loss goes from being something you are doing for yourself to being something you are doing for Him, you stand a far greater chance of being successful with that weight loss.
And the great news is, when you lose the weight under that mentality, you will receive eternal rewards as well as the obvious earthly rewards. You won’t just lose weight; you will gain heavenly rewards at the judgment seat of Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:9-10). So, that’s like having your cake and eating it too! Oh, wait, that’s not the best comparison is it? Sorry about that.