Weight Loss Wednesday is a weekly post I will be sharing each week. My goal is to be transparent! You will see the good, the bad, and sometimes the ugly.
Let me start with the ugly: I gained 3.5 pounds this week. My fingers deeply desire to tell you why it's not my fault. I have excuses:
- I went to a business meeting where the hostess is a gourmet cook it would have been rude not to eat
- My ankles are puffy so I must be retaining water
- I've had an incredibly busy week and was exhausted last night when I raided the left over chicken and yellow rice
However, the truth is simply this:
"If you live your life animated by the flesh--namely, your fallen corrupt nature--then your mind is focused on the matters of the flesh. (Romans 8:5a)
Truth #1- That hostess which is a gourmet cook is also a precious friend and she would have fully supported me in my goal. I WANTED to eat her delicious cooking.
Truth #2 Yes! I have puffy ankles, but there is certainly not 3.5 pounds of "water" hanging out there.
Truth #3 It doesn't matter how busy I am I have choices to make. Life and death in the spirit choices and I chose DEATH!
So what do I do? Where do I go from here?
BUT, if you live your life animated by the Spirit--namely, God's indwelling presence--then your focus is on the work of the Spirit. (Romans 8:5b)
The truth is that for me, this journey is about so much more than my weight or my health. It's about spiritual FREEDOM! Christ died for me so that I might have LIFE and have it to the FULLEST! The next verse in Romans 8 sums it up perfectly:
A mind focused on the flesh is DOOMED TO DEATH, but a mind focused on the Spirit WILL FIND FULL LIFE AND COMPLETE PEACE.--Romans 8:6
And so I hang onto the verse God gave me for this year:
I am confident that the Creator, who has begun such a great work among you, will not stop in mid-design but will keep perfecting you until the day Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King, returns to redeem the world. -- Phil 1:6