God’s Weight-Loss Plan for Endurance

One major barrier to any weight-loss plan that I have tried is my love of sweets, particularly the yummy three C’s:cake, candy, and cookies. The sweeter the better is my motto! Douglas tends to hide his goodies from me, because I am a diabetic, but when I am sad, stressed, or sick, I go on a scavenger hunt all over the house until I find them, and then it’s “good-feeling time!”

But, there is one plan for taking off the weight of this world that even I tend to stick with, especially in these times of intense media coverage of politics, politicians, and politically-motivated statements that tend to divide us as a nation and as people of God. I call it God’s weight-loss plan for enduring until the race has been won, and we are in the presence of our God.

Hebrews 12:1-2 states, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” 

For me, it means not allowing the shame, guilt, and lack of self-esteem that I often struggle with because of past decisions that led to some unwanted negative consequences to keep me from believing that I am loved beyond measure by the One who created the universe and everything in it.  I have learned to shrug off the emotional baggage that can slow me down and make it harder to “reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us” (Philippians 3:14).

Sometimes, letting go of the weight of the world is easier to do than others, just as sometimes I do really well in controlling my desire for sweets and other times, especially when I am feeling stressed and not particularly blessed, I find myself giving in to the craving for chocolate cake, candy, and cookies, all at the same time. That’s when I know as a diabetic and a Christian, to lay the weight down at the feet of Jesus, through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving. My faith allows me to know that Jesus hears in heaven and intercedes on my behalf with the Father to bring about much-needed change.

 Dear Father in Heaven,

Thank you for sending Jesus in human form, so that He would endure all the suffering and sources of weight that hinder us, but without the sin.  What He endured makes it possible for our High Priest to empathize with our sufferings and pains. His willingness, for the joy set before Him, to take our emotional and physical issues and pains unto Himself on Calvary’s Cross gives me hope that someday I will see You when He returns to lead the Bride to our heavenly home, the new Jerusalem. What unfailing love! In Jesus’s Name. Amen.

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