This verse carries many meanings. This simplest and most obvious being that as long as we are focused on God, we are focused on the eternal life, no matter what is happening on the outside – persecution, illness, threat of death. However given that this blog is largely dedicated to my journey into a healthier lifestyle (mainly through a large amount of weight loss), I think I can use it to illustrate how we can turn to God instead of food and reap greater rewards.
Losing weight is so hard. Controlling food and remembering that it’s fuel, not a pastime, is hard. When you’re sitting with friends or family or your spouse and they are eating a giant piece of cheesecake while you are drinking a glass of ice water, it can be disheartening. You can feel as though you are “missing out” on something. You can start to feel sorry for yourself, wishing you were one of those people who can eat whatever they want and still be thin and healthy. Well, consider these the “momentary troubles” about which the Bible verse speaks. As you learn to replace the cravings for ice cream or chocolate with cravings for the Lord and His Word, these troubles will pass, and you will become more like the light in the darknesss, showing others who are having the same struggles that they can get there, too.
As you learn to replace the cravings for ice cream or chocolate with cravings for the Lord and His Word, these troubles will pass, and you will become more like the light in the darkness, showing others who are having the same struggles that they can get there, too. As you continue to become healthy and lose weight, you are renewed. And yes, whether you believe it or not, this renewal is happening daily. Each day you are pulling closer to God and farther away from the indulgence of overeating.
As you continue to become healthy and lose weight (almost like the “wasting away” of the old you – physically and mentally), you are renewed. And yes, whether you believe it or not, this renewal is happening daily. Each day you are pulling closer to God and farther away from the indulgence of overeating. Each day your body gets healthier and stronger. Each day your mind forgets a little more that all you want is a Snickers bar, and remembers that you “cannot live on bread alone.”
Each day, you are a little different, and a little better. As you continue down the road, you become more like the person God wants you to be, and less like the person you were, and you get closer to glory. Do not lose heart, as the verse says, for your heart is what will keep you going – keep you resisting and praying and working through the cravings – when all you want to do is give in.
This verse tells us to fix our eyes on what is unseen. For someone like me (and maybe you, if you are also trying to lose weight and get healthy), it’s difficult to imagine the end result, because it feels so far away. The results are unseen. We look in the mirror and only “see” ourselves as fat or unhealthy, we cannot see the person underneath it all, the person to whom we are trying to get. Although we are making small changes and noticing small things like our jeans fitting better or our appetites decreasing, we still can’t see the end result. We still focus on the restrictions in our diet or the pain of exercising. We focus on the negative, when we should be focusing on the positive. Three pounds seems so inconsequential when there’s still another 100 to go.
Well, we need to focus on that end result, not how much farther we have to go to get there – focus on the person we want to become, the one we can’t yet see. Focus on the person who can shop in regular clothing stores and run up a flight of stairs and eat a slice of cake at a birthday party without descending into a week-long binge-eating disaster. This change is going to be permanent, so it cannot happen overnight. It has to be learned, and re-learned, and practiced, and failed, and started again until we get it right. We are not trying to lose weight or get healthy temporarily – we are doing it for the rest of our lives, and that they may be long and prosperous ones. And as we treat our bodies more like the temples of the Lord that they are, we get closer to an eternity with the Lord – an eternity that begins here on earth.
We are not trying to lose weight or get healthy temporarily – we are doing it for the rest of our lives, and that they may be long and prosperous ones. It is the same for our walk with the Holy Sprit. This is a permanent change. Something that must become what we naturally are – those who strive to be great in the eyes of the Lord. And as we treat our bodies more like the temples of the Lord that they are, we get closer to an eternity with the Lord – an eternity that begins here on earth.
An eternity to which we can only achieve with all of the accomplishments and changes and decisions we make now – decisions to crave God instead of ice cream.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
God bless and good health.