What have they got that I ain't got...?
Saturday, January 15, 2011
For this week's blog, I thought I'd actually share with you something I wrote in my journal.
On Sunday we went and saw "The Wizard of Oz" performed live. It was a well-done production (including a live dog playing Toto). There's a point in the story where the Cowardly Lion is talking about courage. He asks a series of questions (like "What makes the muskrat guard his musk?" and "What makes a man a king and not a peasant?"). The answer being "courage" to each question. this series culminates in mhim asking "What have they got that I ain't got?" The answer, of course, being...well, "Courage" (as stated by his three companions).
As I was going through my nightly routine, I saw an ad on SparkPeople touting someone who has lost over 100 pounds. They said "find out how" by getting & reading their book, "The Spark".
But, as I glanced at the ad, I found myself asking "What do these people, who are successful at weight loss, have that I don't have?"
It's not access to resources--I have plenty of those. It's not a reason to lose--I have plenty of those as well. It's not access to fitness equipment or a gym...
The only thing I can think of is a determination to let go of the things that are tying me down & the courage/decision/what have you to actually do it.
Reflection after re-reading that entry:
I actually believe that what it boils down to is a fear--a fear of letting go of what I have known for so long. A fear of the familiar in exchange for the unknown.
Yesterday morning I met with a small group for the first time in awhile. The Bible study we are going to be focusing on is "Breaking Free" by Beth Moore. The whole purpose of this study is to break free of the things that have been keeping us in bondage for so long. She made the point in the video we watched yesterday that often times God asks us to let go of the things that are familiar to us--the bondage that holds us down & keeps us back, so that our hands may be free to grasp on to the far better things that He has in store for us.
She said that we tend to think that we'll be missing out on something if we let go of the familiar. But the truth is, we are already missing out on a far better something if we refuse to let go. One of the questions she asked was "How many things of God have we sacrificed on Satan's altar?" Because the truth is, whatever hasn't been sacrificed on God's altar have been sacrificed elsewhere. We slaughter whatever amazing things God has in store for us simply because we are too afraid to let go of what we are already holding on to.
So yes, for the time being, in order to be free from the bondage of food, exercise and weight issues, I may have to make some sacrifices of my own--not eating certain kinds of foods, parking further away from a store just to get some extra walking in, waking up earlier than I would like to...but in the long run, those things should lead to something far better than what I have been settling for right now.
And that, my friends, is what will make this whole difficult journey worthwhile.