While occupying time in hotel rooms, I often channel surf on TV looking for something spiritual or informative. There are many things I like such as Storage Wars, Dual Survival, Animal Planet, The Tree House Builder, anything with a good preacher or solid discussion about faith, and occasionally I will look at the latest work out/lose weight program, just to view the angle they come from. Today is was "The 21 Day Fix".
Being a recovering person, this struck a chord in me, as I was always looking for a fix that was not normal. Now this 21 day method does make sense, however, and it is so simplistic that it may just work. Along with daily or as possible 30 minute workouts, you are given color coded and different size containers to place the proper amount of food (protein and carbs balanced), and are allowed to eat only what is contained within.
One man on the program, formerly 375 pounds was ecstatic, as he had dropped nearly 100 pounds and was full of enthusiasm and energy. Then there was the 71 year old woman who had been transformed by this program. I think you see where I am going with this.........
Jesus spent 40 days of fasting and praying to prepare for his earthly ministry. He was to me, someone who led by example, continually showing us how we ought to get "fixed". The Word that exists within the Bible is like those containers, containing daily doses of just the right amount of measure to keep us on solid ground, not gaining the weight of carrying around too many burdens, too much pride, or too much guilt and shame, among other things.
When we get out of whack with life, we look for the fix of some kind, The best way to find it is to prepare for when it happens, then we won't look to alternatives that will add the weight of sin to our hearts when life gets unbearable. Highly stressful situations usually drive us to the fridge, the crack house or the bar, unless we know what the right fix is.
You may be reading this thinking I don't need a fix. Well consider this....the car needs fixing, the house needs fixing, dinner needs fixing, Jesus had to fix a lot of people and situations while he was here. Are you or I any different?
I like the 21 Day Fix concept, but I like the way He fixed the way for us to lose the weight of sin better!
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.