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08 Oct, 2010

Over Weight As A Metaphor for Life

Posted by: delitaagain In: Introspection

shocked faceOkay, Eileen got me. She wasn’t even trying. Her post of today: Sluggard! brought up everything I’ve been trying not to face.

Yes, I need to move more. Yes, I qualify on the wrong side of a lot of Bible standards. Yes, I proclaim out loud, over and over that I want my life to be… well, in order. Right. Working. And then I sit down and have another pass at whatever.

It’s all about choices. Progress or internet. Sandwich or salad. To bed now or groggy tomorrow. Time and time again.

Caving in, more often than not. I’ll get it next time. Sigh.

Sure, I work hard. Sometimes. Sure, I hold myself accountable, on a good day. Sure I work out, some. I eat right, some. I practice the Bible, some.

The truth is, chaos prevents order. And chaos in one area causes disorder in another. I have to choose order.

If I allow disorder in eating, sleeping, working out, or how I spend my time, energy, money…? That same failure to make good choices throws the rest of my life out of whack, too.

There, I said it. Do I have to be perfect to have a life that works? I think not. I will have to quit pretending that over weight and under exercising are isolated issues in my life.

Ultimately, they are proof that I am choosing to not control myself and this is the real problem. Added pounds and flabby muscles are just the symptoms.

My Bible says:

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.

I haven’t done that. Yet. But that would solve it. When I start living the simple parts of my life for God, start making right choices for right reasons, then I think I won’t have any trouble with being over weight or under active.

Those ants are a good role model. What am I waiting for? I can choose this, God helping me.

Play along: Do you see yourself as an ant or a sluggard?

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