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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

We Also Don't Own A Scale

I have previously explained why we got rid of our microwave, now I would like to explain why we got rid of our scale.

I firmly believe if you are pursuing a healthy lfe style or excercise routine to loose weight then you are missing the point and will not have any joy or nearly the same amount when you push that idea out of your mind. For good.

"For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come." 1 Tim. 4:8. Excercise is good-- but pursuing that alone or living for that is not. Dob;t get me wrong, we love hiking and walking together-- but we do it because it brings us so much joy to be together and to be out in God's creation. Its fun and refreshing.
If I were to make excercise the most important thing in my life, then it would be an idol. If I were to loose sight of why I excercise and become focused on how I look in this aspect, then I have fallen into one of the world's traps.

"See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him." 1 John 3:1

We like eating what God has naturally prepared for us, but we are doing it to be good stewards of our body not because we want to be a certain size. That just doesn't matter to the Lord-- I do think it is an area of struggle for every woman going back to Eve-- she knew she was naked and felt ashamed. All of the sudden she no longer saw herself how God saw her. Even in Song of Solomon, the bride asks the ladies to forgive her or to overlook her dark skin which in that area was looked down on. Woman and self image is just such an easy area for Satan to get a foothold. When our thoughts are more consumed with our weight then our love for God, we have lost sight of our first love.

"Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious." 1 Peter 3:4.

I do think moderate and times of fellowship with excercise are both enjoyable and a very nice time to connect with others. Nice quiet walks alone with the Lord are also wonderful times to pray and refresh. Eating well is wonderful too especially when you are doing it to nourish both body and soul.

Living without the scale is freeing and refreshing-- God doesn't ever say we must be a certain size or weight. " But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:37-39.

Are you ready to see yourself how god sees you? To recognize we have flawed bodies and that He loves us anyway? To enjoy excercise and healthy living not for what weight or size they can take us, but as a way to glorify Him and draw closer to Him? I admit, it isn't always easy for me and I am constantly learning, but not having that scale around has been a HUGE blessing!

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