Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Resolution: Lose Weight

After taking a break for the holidays I'm back with a series of posts on resolutions to start the new year. Please feel free to comment and share your own resolutions for 2012. Next week, I'll get back on the saddle for my study of the book Not a Fan. For Monday's resolution, career, click here, Tuesday's resolution, eating right, click here. Please feel free to share your resolutions in the comments. There will be a post at the end of the week compiling them all.

Like most families we send out the cute family Christmas card every year. We try to look our best and somewhat festive for the holidays. Sometimes we share a collage of pictures reflecting the year. Last year I received this note in reply: "I see your family is growing up! Looks like you're growing a little around the middle too." This dear friend has known me since before I could walk. I had to laugh. But he was right. That "little" growth has continued to grow over the last year. I look at myself in the mirror now and I don't recognize that thing that is hanging over my belt just enough to bother me.

I look back and I try and figure out what's to blame. Snacking too much? Eating too much junk food and fast food? Not exercising anymore? Check, check, and check. But why are all the above true? Worry, anxiety, stress. Yes, I need to get back to healthy habits, but I can only do that if I lose the weight first.

Huh? Aren't I supposed to do all that in order to lose the weight? No, I need to lose the weight first by casting all my cares on Jesus. I need to get rid of the weight of the world I carry around on my shoulders.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

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