This morning, I got up earlier than usual. I've decided it's time to begin to tackle my weight issues. My desire is to be healthy; my boys need their Father, and the church God has brought me to serve needs a healthy minister. Considering that I can't fit in certain pants I could two years ago, I had to stop and think about how I got to this point: I thought I was fine the way I was, and I didn't need anything extra. Yet, I had to come to the terms that I'm not as young as I used to be, church dinners and potlucks will be full of good food (And I will try everything that is home made, so I can tell church members how wonderful it is), and my metabolism isn't what it once was when I could see my toes without extra effort
Before I went to the gym, however, I began thinking about the great lies we believe in outside of Christ, just like I believed I was fine without exercise. How are so many people deceived? What blinds so many people to the truth? How is it possible to fool so many people wholesale? And then the answer came: each lie has embedded within it a kernel of truth. Everyone recognizes that things are not as they should be. So we blame the killing of animals, religion, science, the government, our parents, the previous generation, the next generation, and so on in to a seemingly endless list of fault finding. And with such an exhaustive list, there are so many "home remedies," solutions we come up with to fix the problem, while still being able to blame everyone and everything else. The problem with this way of thinking is that, in the end, we've no one to blame but our own selfish and rebellious hearts. We allow ourselves to be led around by partial truths, which back up our way of thinking, and so we never dive any closer in to the truth. And here is the whole truth: we're rebellious. Everything we try to do on our own to fix things ultimately makes things worse, and we go on blaming everyone but ourselves for the messes we make. This world is broken, dying. We can't improve it. It's been broken and dying since we broke it and let death in to it. Yet the truth is, Christ is returning to make all things new. He's the one who can bring life from death, and resurrection from defeat. If we would but swallow our pride and surrender, we'd be more free than we could ever imagine. But we have to stop letting the partial truths fool us in to thinking we can, somehow, do better this time around on our own. John 17: When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”