Sunday, August 8, 2010

Interesting Parallel

I see so many parallels with weight loss and spirituality.  If you are a religious person at all believing in God then you will GET this. If not, that's okay. 

God only wants the best from us. He has given us the bible with his standards that he wants us to obey. We WANT to have God approve of us so therefore we try to uphold his standards.  But then we have Satan and the world, trying to tempt us away from God.  Everyday he is bombarding us with things. Whether it's adultery, lying, cheating on a tax return, watching movies that are not appropriate, whatever. He is always there, trying to get us to do these things.  Not only that, but he fools us into thinking that we deserve these things. He fools us into thinking that it's it's not REALLY bad if we leave early from work even though our boss thinks we're there until 5.  That might sound like a dumb example but it's this kind of thinking that slowly leads to more dangerous things that can seriously hurt our spirituality with God and make it so that he does NOT approve of us.  This can be a fatal mistake. 

Okay, so let's contrast this with dieting.  We all know how to lose weight.  We all know that we need to eat less and move more. Simple as that.  We know that pizza, fast food restaurants, candy and chips are not going to help us on our journey. Yet, we think that by eating just a TASTE will be okay. "I know I shouldn't have that candy but just once won't hurt will it?"  It's those little tastes that lead to binging or mindless eating.  Before we know it, we're in so deep that it's hard to claw our way out.  It's the same with Satan's worldly temptations, we think that just getting a "taste" of the world will be okay. "It's not like watching ONE bad movie is going to spiritually harm me?".  Well, Satan is watching.  If he knows you are tempted by that movie, he's going to try to get you to watch another, and another.  It's the same thing with food.  If we can't overcome today's temptation, then tomorrows won't be any easier. 

We think that there are too many temptations around us and that we CAN'T do it.  It's too hard.  The office had donuts delivered, it's pizza night and I don't want to let the kids down, I'm in a hurry so I'll just grab a burger and fries.  We fool ourselves into believing that it's too hard.

I hear the same things coming out of peoples mouths about dieting and spirituality.  "I want to serve God better but it's hard, there are too many temptations", "I don't have time to read the Bible", "I don't have time to go to meetings or church". 

Then there are the dieting statements "I want to lose weight but there are too many temptations", "I don't have time to make my own food every day", "I don't have time to count calories and plan my meals". 

What do we care more about?  Our bodies or our taste buds?  What do we care more about our own desires or our relationship with God?  See the parallel? 

Is it because we just don't WANT it enough?  Are we fooling ourselves?  Deep down, do we actually LIKE to be this fat?  Heck no!  We desperately WANT to lose weight but we doubt our abilities and we give in.  Just like so many people do with God.  They give in to their own wants and desires and ignore what He really wants.

God isn't going to disapprove of us if we have an extra slice of pizza. But we will not approve of that pizza.  We will feel regret over that mistake. And it often leads to more mistakes. 

Now don't worry. I'm not turning this into a religious blog.  I am very religious but don't try to include it in my blogging.  I love talking with people about God, but not on this blog. I just hear the same messages being conveyed for both dieting and spiritually.  I found it interesting so I wrote this.  I wrote quick and sorta rambled so I hope it made sense?    


  1. Debbi, I completely understand what you are saying. I take it one step further - I believe I am abusing my God-given body by overeating and eating junk. I believe I am sinning by doing this to my body. And yet I continue to struggle.

  2. Oh Debbi, it's makes complete sense. If we honor our bodies like the Lord wants us too, we'd know better to take care of it better. It is hard but so is 99% of things in life. Nothing of value comes easy. I'm learning that. Thank you for putting it into words.
    Take care my friend, God Bless!!

  3. Wow, I never thought about it like that before and never noticed the parallel! I think you're spot-on. It's very similar. But at the same time, I refuse to give up eating any certain food just because I'm trying to lose weight because to me that's unrealistic. I know some people won't even eat cake at a wedding because they have lost weight and want to keep it off and that seriously makes me sad. Or perhaps it's unrealistic to think that I can continue to eat cake and still lose weight--LOL! hahahahaha. And maybe it's sadder that I think it's sad that someone refuses cake. Maybe I'm the one with the problem! You've given me some food for though. And BTW, I would love it if you did include your spiritual thoughts on this blog more often.

  4. AMEN! i love this post, you are so right!!!


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