Wouldn't it be great if we got paid for every time that we promised to lose weight, go on a diet, and step away from the fridge? We would have a million dollars in promises and unmet expectations. And then we could pay for that operation to remove the excess fat instead of cutting back on calories. So much easier.
In my quest to stay in shape, I now workout with weights three times a week, do exercises for the abdomen and love handles every day, and walk on a treadmill five days a week. The result: I feel a lot stronger, but that waist hasn't reduced. And when I asked a PT at the gym what other exercises I could do for the mid-section, she said step away from the fridge!
There is of course another kind of weight we carry around, the guilt and shame of our past, the disappointment of failure, and the general feeling that we could have done much better. It can certainly drag us down and be just another reason to drink, drug, or get in more trouble. There is a solution, but it is often our last resort, unfortunately, and does cost us much. It costs a lifetime of built up bad habits.
The answer is this: Come to me, all you who are weary and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11: 28-30
There is so much to talk about in that powerful passage of scripture, but here is the bottom line: this is the best and most thorough way to lose the weight of our internal burdens and demons. Not the South Beach Diet, but the Yoke Is Easy weight management system that teaches us not only how to Step Away From The Fridge proverbially, but teaches us how to keep the weight off permanently.
Those who grasp this word may also take heart in these excerpts from the Promises of A.A.: That feeling of uselessness and self pity will slip away. And, Our whole attitude and outlook on life will change. As well as, We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.
In Him we find rest for our restless desires.....sounds like a sure way to keep the weight off!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.