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Lenten Diet Devotions- 36

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Day 36

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9: 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

Application: Dieters are taught to give themselves little rewards for certain milestones like a 5 or 10 pound loss increment, or falling below a certain number on the scale. But in a real race, it is only the one who crosses the finish line who receives the prize. There are no trinkets and door prizes passed out along the way in a race.

We are told to compete, or run in such a way as to get the prize just as if there was only one reward for the winner. Rewarding yourself is not a bad idea along the way, as long as that reward isn’t food. Unfortunately I have heard and seen time and time again that people treat themselves to a favorite binge item, more than a healthy portion of something extra for being so faithful thus far.

Better to do as today's passage suggests, run the dieting race with one goal in mind, crossing the finish line so that you will have the joy of receiving the reward of a perfectly sensible body again. Your Father in heaven will openly reward you at that moment.

Prayer: Father, I know that I shall have immeasurable eternal reward some day because Your Word promises me that. I am grateful for this opportunity to re-enter the race of life and be a competitor once more instead of unhappily sitting on the sidelines. Help me to run the race well and if I complete it knowing I have made You proud that will be my reward in itself. Amen

Today's action and commitment: In the back of your closet wardrobe are countless articles of clothing that are no longer you, no longer fits, no longer stylish, no longer a whatever! Give away something today to someone. It may be the only material prize they receive. Then do something at your milestone weight increment that will compliment the race that you are running. God will see indeed the intent of your heart. I think you might be surprised.
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    Thanks for the encouragement of giving away clothes that are too big. I did that a while ago, and since I don't have extra money to buy bigger clothes, this is my way of making sure I don't gain back. I have stood still for 3 weeks now, but at least I haven't gained.
    1856 days ago
  • HAGIN2010
    I don't personally like the concept of reaching goal as having a finish line. That is how I personally got complacent and got 14 pounds above goal again. Two times in the past I went from 80-100 pound losses slowly back to my former weight because I thought that I finished. To me weight loss is like walking with God. It must be thought of as a daily journey and not a end goal.

    These are just my personal opinions. Hope that is okay friends :-)
    1856 days ago
    And when we give away , give something of Good quality. Not ragged and torn.
    You will be amazed , what can happen .

    I believe as you lose weight. Dr phil stated give away the clothes !!!!
    or you will have a plan , in case you dont maintain. I gave away my large pants
    I swore I would never go back to size 12 or 14 . to this day I still wear my 10
    but I am very hippy . so different material . If I need a 12 I dont purchase it. emoticon
    1856 days ago
    I think the most important thing that a racer has to focus on is the finish line. That means no looking around at what the other racers are doing, but simply focusing on what lies ahead for me. Others are running their race, but for me to win mine I must look at Jesus who is the author and finisher of my faith and the one for whom I race.
    1856 days ago
    What a perfect message for me today! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and insights. I just cleaned out closets and have 4 bags full of things to give away. Today I will put one foot in front of the other and ask God to grant me the grace to finish my personal race on several fronts, as well as the one related to weight and well being.

    Through HIM, ALL things are possible! emoticon
    1856 days ago
  • WENDYW596
    Good Point! I love the way you tie the Spiritual in along with our physical. Really they do go together.

    I know that this is a race for the goal, but we run with patience, and in the race, we learn so much......... If we must reward ourselves make it anything but food........ and your point of sharing something I have with another, is a great reward that will bring joy to them and also to me. emoticon
    1857 days ago
  • JOANIE69
    emoticon I will do this TODAY. emoticon
    Usually I have a fear that if I give away the too large outfits, that I will regret it later. I once gave my very best "big" clothes to a friend who is not well off at all and who needed them. BUT a year later - when I'd regained the weight (story of my PAST life)- I regretted doing that as they were my favorite big-clothes.
    TODAY is different...I will NOT fear and I will sort and bag clothing to give away. I was glad she had them however...just sorry that I did not.
    (my human nature) emoticon
    emoticon for this lesson and encouragement to act, Editor. emoticon
    1857 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/20/2013 9:02:07 AM
    Some day, Well done thou good and faithful servant.
    1857 days ago
    Thanks for sharing.
    1857 days ago
    When we all run we all get to the finish line maybe not first put we get there.Do not stop
    1857 days ago
    I really liked this blog! Dear Lord, Help me to stay in the race, both physically and spiritually!
    1857 days ago
    1857 days ago
    I did just that this past weekend. Gave my mom tons of clothes that I had 'grew' out of. lol. Giving back is what it's really all about. We give back to God when we release our body back to him. We give to ourselves the accomplishment of being a victor and give to others. It's a win.win situation. Have a great day Editor.
    1857 days ago
    Running hard in this race with lots of sparks friends to lose and improve!
    Then I am running along beside my Lord in the Christian race and look there you are too, Editor! Oh, and soooooo many more, I recognize. Let's keep in both races, but for sure the one that pays off eternally.

    Thank you sister and friend for your faithful service unto our Lord! emoticon emoticon
    1857 days ago
    The Message Bible reads,"You've been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs, one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You're after one that is gold eternally.
    1857 days ago
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