Sunday, August 24, 2014
How many times have you stopped and immediately read an article with a headline that screams "New Weight Loss Method" or "Secrets of Big Weight Loss"? Me - Every time. I am often disappointed or even worse, laughing at the ridiculous supposed medical research. But sometimes, I wonder if there is truth in the claims of the latest toxic cleanse, adrenal gland diet or supplement missing from the modern diet.
An event this morning has brought this to mind. I had just parked my car in the first parking space I could find about three blocks from church. I live in a tourist city - Washington, DC. As I stepped out, a woman asked me, "Which house is Madeline Albright's?" I replied that the last I knew, she lived about five blocks away in a townhouse condominium complex. (It was common knowledge because of the Secret Service cars who were there as security. I tried to avoid the street when I thought she might be home because of the possibility of a motorcade.) The woman replied that someone had told her she lived right here. She then asked, "Why is she famous?" I did not laugh, but replied that she had been Secretary of State.
The sermon today was hard to follow. To be truthful, impossible to follow. Fervently delivered, but with such a heavy accent that two words had gone by before I figured out what a word had been. My mind wondered to this encounter on the street. Aren't I a tourist in Diet Land. I pick and choose what sights to see and sometimes I fall for the Amazing Diet Dinosaur Land tourist traps. I look for the Holy Grail when the truth is something else. I know how to lose weight. I have done it. It is work. It is not easy. There is no Instant Cure/Pill or Quick Way. I need to get back to the home truths and not be led astray by the Tourist Traps.