I’m Tired of Being Overweight!
Three Ways I’m Cutting the Spiritual Fat In My Life
I can still hear one of my freshman coaches screaming at me from the sidelines during our football jamboree, “Get in shape, Beck!” I ran the ball 32 times that game and I was exhausted—mainly because I was out of shape.
Although it wouldn’t hurt for me to shed a few pounds and lose a few inches around my midsection right now, I’m not talking at all about shedding physical weight. Instead, I’m talking about the spiritual excess weight that I carry around.
Just as the excess weight we carry in our bodies can slow us down, make us tired physically, mentally and emotionally (as well as keep us from reaching our maximum potential), the extra spiritual weight we carry around has even more potential to hinder us from becoming the person God intends for us to be.
Even though I weighed over 200 pounds in high school, I could run fast. I ran a 40 yard dash in 4.4 seconds my senior year and placed third in the 100 meter race in the state finals.
One of the keys to keeping my speed and preventing extra time from being added to the race, was making sure I wasn’t carrying around any unnecessary, excess weight that would slow me down!
Much like a track race, our lives are a race! However, life’s race isn’t necessarily about finishing fast (like the races I used to run), but in staying the course, enduring, finishing, and winning an eternal prize!
Now, most of us do not like to reveal how much we physically weigh – can I get an amen? – but I want to get real transparent and honest with you about my spiritual weight.
So, here it goes.
I’m shedding spiritual weight in three areas:
#1 The Weight of Worry
Proverbs 12:25 tells us, “Worry weighs a person down…”
I’m tired of the weight of worry slowing me down. I can worry about all kinds of things – from my present circumstances to my future unknowns!
Certain studies have shown that 40% of the things we worry about never happen anyway!
When we worry, it reveals our lack of trust and faith in God. Not to mention how it robs us of the peace He wants to give!
There’s a better way! There’s God’s way!
Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be concerned about some things; it just means we shouldn’t worry about them—big difference!
I plan on losing a lot of spiritual weight in this area!
#2 The Weight of the Tongue
I really do hate admitting this—I can have a fat tongue! Now, this doesn’t mean as a pastor, I break people’s sacred trust—I don’t. What is said to me in confidence stays between me, the other person, and God.
What I mean by a fat tongue is that I can still spout off things that run through my mind without properly filtering them. That’s gotten me in a lot of trouble in my marriage, my job, and other relationships.
My tongue could stand to lose about five pounds! What about yours?
“Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.” (Proverbs 21:23)
#3 The Weight of Fear
As a young boy, my dad used to drop me off in my deer stand well before daylight. I would hear so many sounds that would lead me to believe that at any moment a monster or serial killer was about to step out from behind a tree and get me. I know that fear can do some crazy things to us, if we allow it to do so.
Fear has a way of weighing us down. It can frighten us into a corner and keep us from taking a step of faith we need to take. It can hinder us from apologizing to someone we need to apologize to because of fear of rejection. It can freeze us like a deer in headlights keeping us from doing something that God has called us to do. It can play games with our minds.
This year, I’m shedding fear by being filled with the courage that comes from knowing God and knowing that HE is with me.
Think of how fear must have tried to grab hold of the heart of Joshua when he took the place of Moses and was called to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land of God!
Maybe that’s why the Lord told him, “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
Man, I have a lot of weight to lose this year and I know I can’t lose it all at once, However, by the end of 2016 I’m hoping to shed this weight, be more fit, and run the race God has set before me in victory!
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. (Hebrews 12:1)
What weight(s) have you been carrying around that you need to shed?
What steps will you take in order to do that?
2016 could be, should be, can be your best year yet! Grab hold of the promises of God for your life found in His Word!
Happy New Year!