I’ve been a church goer my whole life, even before I professed my faith in Christ. As long as I can remember, I have had a genuine love for church, though that love may look a little different now than it did while I was growing up.
Hi, everyone! I’m sorry I didn’t post last week. I’ve been in a bit of a funk regarding this whole weight loss thing.
The funk isn’t just about not wanting to exercise or wanting to be able to eat pizza every day (seriously, I would) or having a deep love for deep fried appetizers and mini candy bars. This funk is really about me being a bratty Christian, one who is reckless with grace.
That reality struck me yesterday as I cleaned off a pile of candy wrappers from my nightstand.
“God, thank You for Jesus. Can I eat all the candy bars I want, too?”
“God, thank You for being enough, and I know You’re enough, but could I have more pizza?”
“Jesus, I know You gave your life away for me, but I don’t want to get out of bed and exercise.”
“God, this surely can’t be what You meant by an abundant life, right? I mean, an abundant life would include a lot more fast food. In my humble opinion.”
I had a particularly bratty moment when I didn’t get what I wanted one day. “James said we would be blessed in the doing! I don’t feel very blessed in the doing right now!” (See James 1:25.)
You see, I knew in the moment that I was misappropriating God’s Word for my circumstances, but I didn’t care.
I know the sacrifice God made in giving us His Son. I know the sacrifices Jesus made for me. I know the grace upon grace He gives – and that He gives MORE grace (James 4:6).
But I stomp my feet and throw fits (sometimes literally, sometimes figuratively) and demand what I want. Every time, I’m telling Jesus He isn’t enough. Every time, I’m telling Him my way is better. Every time, I’m telling Him He doesn’t know what He’s doing with my life.
Here’s the beautiful, glorious, gracious truth:
He loves me anyway.
He won’t stop loving me.
When He looks at me, He sees Jesus, and He loves me.
He knows I’m broken, and He offers healing.
He knows what I want, and He offers me better things.
He offers forgiveness through Christ when I sin, even when I’m really bratty about it.
The same is true for you, believers, and can be true for those of you who don’t believe if you place your trust in Christ.
This doesn’t mean God won’t discipline me or allow me to go through trials. He has, does, and will continue doing so. And I’m thankful for His discipline! I’m thankful for the trials! They’re making me more like Christ. As evidenced by my regular foot stomping (and not in the cool, Irish dancing kind of way), I still have a long, long way to go. I’m thankful the Holy Spirit is taking me down that journey, one step at a time.
I’ve been pondering some of the ways I can tell God has been working in me over the last 3 months (yes! 3 months!), and I thought I’d share them with you (though small they may be):
- My typical school routine included purchasing fast food for breakfast during my commute. Often, it was Sonic. When I went to Sonic, I purchased at least a large, sometimes a Route 44, Diet Dr. Pepper with vanilla, and I slurped it as I rode the elevator to my class on the second floor of the school building. For at least the last two months of school, I took the stairs on my way to class, and I haven’t had a soda in 3 months. God is gracious!
- We participated in a scavenger hunt a couple of weeks ago. MANY trips up and down the stairs and all over the church building were involved – with 10 children – 8 of which were BOYS. Three months ago, I don’t think I would have made it past the first couple of clues, but I stuck it out for the entire scavenger hunt. God is gracious!
- A few days ago, we helped a friend move out of her second story apartment. Three months ago, I don’t know if I would have been able to help, especially with the constant trips up and down the stairs. But I did it! God is gracious!
- Three months ago, I rarely went to the grocery store, and I had grown very slack about meal planning. While acknowledging I still have a LONG way to go in this area, I’ve seen definite improvements. God is gracious!
- I used to make multiple trips to QT for snacks during the week (there is a QT close to school). Now, I don’t remember the last time I purchased something to eat there. God is gracious!
- It had been YEARS since I exercised regularly, and exercising has become a priority for me (most weeks!). God is gracious!
- I lost 1.5 pounds since my last post, bringing my total weight lost up to 38.3 pounds and my current weight down to 285.3 pounds. God is gracious!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We enjoyed time with part of our family, and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone else over Christmas.