I’ll be honest. I never planned to be overweight.
I have been thin all my life. Until I contracted Rheumatoid Arthritis. That and one other key reason led to what I am now, overweight.
Oh sure, my gene pool probably has something to do with it, and the fact that, like most Americans, I don’t eat right. Food additives, hidden sugar, and other unhealthy ingredients in much of the food we eat, adds to the equation of poor nutrition = poor health.
I’m trying to change all that. But I now know there’s one huge factor to consider as I analyze my state—one huge thing that I let slip away in my physical life. It’s okay to be a heavyweight champion on the inside, it’s the outside I need to work on.
I’m working with a personal trainer and nutrition specialist. She works me hard and has taught me more about nutrition than anyone ever has. Her passion is obvious, and it didn’t take long for me to figure out she knows how to get me healthy again. I’ve come to realize that, although I’ve been overweight, I’ve let myself get puny because I removed resistance. Training with resistance is building back my muscles and restoring the strength I lost. My new muscle mass will help me ward off the fat that would eventually harm me.
Isn’t this what we do in our spiritual lives….remove the uncomfortable resistance?
No one likes to be pressed into doing the hard thing, the thing that makes us stress a little, or a lot. But this is what builds our spiritual muscle, our faith, and our ability to understand the difficult plight of other people.
Remove the hard stuff like the hassle of travel, the stress of relationships, the inconvenience of getting involved in worthwhile projects and people, and you will eventually have a puny faith, a puny attitude, and a weak, narrow mind. Not the kind of condition that makes for good “mountain” climbing.
Life can be too simple.
It’s the resistance we encounter that makes us stronger Christians, better and healthier human beings. Spiritual muscle helps us ward off the things that would rob us of spiritual health.
I’m thankful I have encountered resistance in my life – some chosen, some not. I didn’t plan to get puny in my body, but I hope I have what it takes to continue to embrace physical resistance. I want to be useful, not comfortable. I want to be spiritually exercised so I can have the strength to be more like Jesus.
What about you? Are you struggling with puny faith? Have you removed resistance that might benefit you?
P.S. Watch for my book release coming late March/early April.