For about 10 years now, I’ve made a habit of seeing my doctor regularly for basic checkups and occasional physicals.
I can have my vitals monitored regularly and hopefully be aware of anything that could potentially be harmful to my overall health.
What I’ve found though is that it also serves to hold me accountable for my weight and condemn me when I realize I’ve gained two, three, or 20 pounds.
When my weight got pretty high a few years ago, that was the motivation I needed to eat healthier and exercise. And I actually lost about 30 pounds over the next year.
Then, of course, I recovered a lot before motivating myself again to lose about 10 pounds.
Over the past year, however, I have achieved my highest weight yet. My clothes being tighter or not fitting at all was an indication, but then I saw the real number when I jumped on the scale during my last visit to the doctor last month.
As I waited for the doctor to arrive, I even texted my wife amazed at how much I weighed.
But the truth is, I pretty much ate everything in sight, and I do it 24 hours a day.
When I pass in the kitchen, I will take some cookies. At the office in the evening, I will go to the vending machines for chocolate donuts or honey bread. And I will absolutely have soft drinks with every meal.
We also have late nights with Jaxson trying to get him to sleep, which gives me even more time to grab a snack to help keep me awake.
The doctor visit was a wake up call and I tried to make some changes, but I definitely have my work cut out if I want to get back to where I need to be.
As Americans, we tend to overdo a lot of things.
Food is definitely one of them as restaurants and fast food outlets are on every corner. But we can also abuse any of our possessions.
We need to have closets full of the best clothes, garages full of the best cars, and all the newest electronics we can get our hands on.
However, when we abuse like that, no matter what that entails, you dangerously turn those objects into idols and place them before God.
John 6:35 says, “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never go hungry; and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
What we need to do is turn to God and ask for help in any of these areas. It’s okay to admit to him there’s a problem because he wants to help you.
If we’re honest, we could all find something we need to reduce or simplify in our lives. But what a blessing it is that God is just waiting for us to see what is really useless. So when you want to try to make a change, just pray and let him know.
Jesus can fully satisfy our deepest desires, but we must eat and drink from him daily.