I’ve struggled with my weight for the past several years and have unsuccessfully tried to change my eating and exercise habits. I have finally come to grips with the fact that I’m not getting to the root of the issue. Oh, I know all the right answers about how to lose weight, how to eat healthy, and how to exercise. My perception of the issue needed to shift. My desire to lose weight merely addressed a surface issue – a symptom, if you will. So the core issue – my desire to satisfy my flesh – always won out. I eat things I should not eat simply because I want to, because they will taste good. As Kay Arthur points out in her book Lord, I Want to Know You, ” . . .the flesh cannot wait. It demands that its cravings be satisfied. Not later, but now!”
So I’ve come to the point where I realize that this struggle with being overweight is at its core, a sin issue. My overeating is a symptom of my reluctance to put to death the flesh. To submit to Him (my Lord!) my focus on self and getting what I want when I want.
A long time ago I came to the realization that the physical, spiritual, and emotional aspects of my life were all tied tightly together. When one area was out of whack, it affected all the other areas of my life. I am reminded of this principle again as I walk through this issue. Honestly, my relationship with God has been stale for far too long. My consistency in His word and in prayer is lacking. And I am now realizing how it is affecting my physical being. My lack of discipline in my “spiritual life” (like you can really separate it out?) overflows into a lack of discipline in my physical being. The additional pounds I see on my scale are also representative of sin that is weighing me down.
So my weight-loss solution? Stay tuned.
In the meantime, I’d love to hear your thoughts, or how you have handled similar struggles.