I may look and feel different, but my heart has grown and I will always treat you the same.
We probably all can think of people we have known in our lives that have lost weight and turned into completely different people. They go from quietly battling their weight to knowing everything there is about nutrition and implying that you need them to be your personal trainer. They drive us crazy and make us feel terrible.
One thing I promised myself at the very beginning of my journey was that I would NEVER forget where I came from. I would not let the changing of my health and appearance change my heart in a negative way. We are very good at being critical of ourselves and others by judging appearance. Someone may be too skinny or too fat, too tall or too short, too dark or too pale…the list goes on. We are so much more than what is on the outside.
One of my motivators for losing weight was to appear smaller, but it wasn’t the primary focus of my journey. I want to be healthy. Healthy to everyone is different. It doesn’t always mean smaller. It can mean eating better, being strong mentally, being strong physically and so on. I had many reasons for my journey in the beginning, but I see an even more important reason now.
Weight Loss With God: For His Glory And My Health
The biggest motivator for me at the start of my endeavor to get healthy was that I wanted to include God on my journey and use it to glorify Him. Looking at my journey so far, I can honestly say I have grown in my faith and my walk with Christ. I have spent more time in the Word, listening to praise music, and talking to Him.
He is the best running partner I’ve ever had, always at my speed and has the perfect endurance to stay with me on my entire run.
I am in awe at how He always manages to open my eyes to reveal things to me that I never quite expected. I see a new life and not just because I am losing weight, but because my spiritual life is getting healthy too. There are times in my journey where I feel alone, weak and uninspired. I just keep pushing through because taking care of my body is one way I can worship and give thanks for the amazing creation God has made.
If I am trying to honor God on my journey I will always try to remain humble. I don’t want to be prideful and pushy. I am grateful that He is using this journey for me to work on the Fruit of the Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
I can only hope others will see these in me rather than a know-it-all, too-good-for-anyone attitude.
When looking at your own life, how do you think others would see you?
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