Finally, after two months of working around our 3 dealerships I have been able to travel through the Florida Auction circuit this week. It was great to get on the road again and quite frankly to know that my shorts still fit. I did however, notice that a few folks I hadn't seen in awhile had gained weight. Seemed odd since they spend a lot of time out in the heat, but naturally it made me think........
First, am I any relation to Shallow Hal, then as my thoughts went deeper I began to think spiritually. If you saw me today would you be able to say I gained or lost spiritual weight? Or if I saw you again, what would I think?
We put so much emphasis on how we look on the outside that we often neglect to feed our souls which remain constantly hungry to be fed. If we paraphrase some scripture we could say what good is it to be a beautiful person who has everything fitting and looking just right, but has no depth in their soul? Eventually those beautiful people will gain weight and when that happens will their joy and contentment of life be swept away by feeling ugly and unwanted?
We can also gain the weight of bad decisions and life disappointments and forget to "throw off" the weight of it which prevents us from moving forward with life. We wake up every day over weight in body and soul only to realize that we have misplaced our priorities, we have forgotten to feed that hungry and thirsty soul.
As I drove back from Tampa to Daphne (7 hour ride), I slipped into easy jazz listening for several hours, only to realize a simple cold fact. I had fed my pleasure but had not spoken a word to God. Sure, I needed the relaxation, but I fed my pleasure and neglected my soul. So I then attempted to find a good Jentzen Franklin sermon, which I did, but not before that devil attempted to block each try to get there (dysfunctional hi-tech stuff).
Which made me think again, that same devil tempted Jesus with a weight gain of food and the good life, only to be rebuked with "man does not live on bread alone". And then he hit him back with more scripture because His weight gain was pure soul food. Nothing wrong with looking good mind you, but when I see a beautiful woman who is down on her knees praying it takes my breath away.
And men, we may get a little bit bigger belly when we get older, but the "belt of truth buckled around our waist" has plenty of notches.
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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.