Weight-Loss and The “Warrior Spirit” – Part II
I was sitting in my favorite fast-food restaurant with my six year-old son, Zachary. He was struggling to open the milk container that came in his happy meal. Overcome with empathy, I offered to help. He said, “No, Mom, I will do it.” He then announced, “O.K., No more Mr. nice-guy. I am not giving up!” Boy was I impressed! Talk about a warrior spirit; the will to persevere, to overcome all obstacles. Zach mastered the milk carton. My prayer is that he will confront the roadblocks that lie ahead of him in this life with the same zeal and confidence.
Last month we talked about appropriating a “warrior spirit” in the area of weight loss. This means refusing to give up even in seasons of defeat, failure, and delay. We must embrace the fact that God is working in us during those seasons even if we are gaining or maintaining our weight. You see, we have many things to learn about our Lord and ourselves during those “wilderness” seasons. When the children of Israel wandered in wilderness, God wanted to show them what was in their own souls (Deuteronomy 8:2). It was a time appointed by God. He required two things from His children. First that they learn to depend on God, and “wait” for Him. They became impatient when Moses went to the top of Mt. Sinai to bring back the Ten Commandments. They told themselves that he would never be back, and consequently, fell away from their devotion to God. The second lesson that God wanted to teach the children of Israel was to not give up, to keep pressing on, and moving forward until they reached the Promised Land. Unfortunately, only two of the original travelers (Joshua and Caleb) made it into Canaan. The other soldiers said that they couldn’t make it into the Promised Land because of the “giants in the land”, the overwhelming obstacles. God did not honor such small thinking. His pleasure was with the two who declared, “We will go in and overtake the land”. Period. No ifs, ands, and buts. They were determined. They knew that it was their destiny to cross over and that God was with them. They acknowledged the existence of the obstacles, but knew that with God’s strength, they would defeat all the opposition.
Do we have that same level of confidence in our God?
Do we believe that it is His desire for us to be victorious in our struggle with weight?
If so, will He make Himself available to help us?
The application here is that we change our confession from “I will never lose weight because________________” (“I’ve been fat all my life”, “everyone in my family is fat”, “I have a thyroid condition”, “I’ve messed up my metabolism thru constant dieting” etc., etc.) to I will become right-weighted NO MATTER WHAT!
I believe that God responds to that fighter spirit inside of us. He can trust us to know that we will do our part. We will exhaust all options. We will not quit just because it is difficult. The Bible tells us that “seven times a righteous man stumbles, but each time he gets up again” (Proverbs 24:16).
I do not care how much you weigh. I do not care how long you have been overweight or how many failures you have had. It makes no difference. You will succeed, some way, some how, as you find the exact equation that works for you as you tenaciously hang onto His promises. “God is a rewarder of those who DILIGENTLY seek Him!” (Hebrews 11:6).
This article is by Jennifer Cecil, M.Ed., LPC