Yesterday started out bad. I said I was going to choose joy. And then my day got worse. Let’s just say, they weren’t some of my best moments.
Then this analogy came to me:
When you want to lose weight, what is one of the first things you do? You go to some website that is going to tell you have many calories you should be eating a day. You go to the old “calories in, calories out” method, right?
But I think there is spiritual application here, so stick with me. What happens if you don’t eat enough calories? Your body goes into starvation mode. Everything that goes into your mouth, your body holds onto because it thinks it starving. Eat too many, and it makes it difficult to lose the weight.
I don’t know about you, but I use a lot of spiritual “calories” on a daily basis. But, am I taking in enough to sustain what I am doing? My answer to that is probably not. I need to be taking in more of Jesus so I can give more of Jesus. When I’m taking in a small amount of “calories” but I am using a large amount, I start to live in the flesh instead of the Spirit.
Is this making sense to you?
The only difference is I can never be too full of Jesus. Too much of the Word will never make me “gain weight.” Instead, I believe, it will help me find freedom. On bad days like yesterday, my intentions were good! Right? But I didn’t have the strength (spiritual “calories”) to really fulfill my duty.
Just like we need to eat throughout the day, we need to be refueling spiritually. I know that I need to take out more time during the day to pray! Maybe everytime I’m in the bathroom (you know, the only *almost* quiet time you get as a mother!) to pray.
I hope this encourages you today. Sometimes the spiritual weight we carry is so much heavier than the physical weight! In our quest for health, let’s remember it starts with the heart!