Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Conviction

So, it's no secret that I've lost quite a bit of weight. In many ways, following the Weight Watchers plan has changed my life. My body has changed dramatically over the past year and a half, but really, the journey has just begun. One of the big pulls of Weight Watchers is that it is a lifestyle change, not a diet. And I've embraced that whole-heartedly. I know that I am going to have to track what I eat for the rest of my life. Sometimes that seems like a lot to deal with, but then I think about the benefits of sticking with it, and I realize that it's completely worth it. Weight Watchers has become a part of my life -- I think about the plan, I read message boards from others involved, I take time to plan out my meals, I talk to others about it. Just this morning, I was talking with a co-worker who was discouraged about her weight and encouraging her that it is absolutely possible to do something about it.

As I was thinking about that exchange, a thought struck me. If I'm this passionate about something as silly as weight loss, shouldn't I be even more passionate about my faith? Following Weight Watchers has helped me improve my health and fit into smaller clothes, but following Christ has saved me from eternal damnation and blessed me beyond belief. I mean, it's not even a comparison, is it?

And yet, it seems so hard to live that way sometimes. But I want to. I really want to. I'm reminded of the story of the child who reasoned that if God was bigger than everything and He lived inside of us, then shouldn't He stick out? So, that's my prayer today: that God would be so big inside of me that He sticks out...no matter what size my body is.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

You're exactly right Meredith, and our desire to be healthy should be in order to serve God to the best of our ability. I had a friend in college that said the reason she worked out to stay healthy was so that she could go anywhere God instructed her to, even if that meant Mnt. Everest. There is no way we can climb and mountain or hike through a rain forest if all we do is and sit on a couch watching t.v.......unless it's Prison Break ;)

Hannah

babyarnie said...

I second that Meredith! I will pray that God will shine so brightly inside that people can't help but see our precious Saviour!

Beth said...

I love this entry. I think I'm feeling convicted, myself, as I read it.