2 Peter 3:17
“You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.”
Do you consider yourself a patient person? Are you willing to calmly wait for phone calls, test results, medical exams?
My husband is so much more patient than I am. I’ve always been the more impulsive, high energy one in our relationship. Sometimes my brain moves faster than my words can form, which is frustrating to him. I’ve had to learn to slow down, take a deep breath and relax a bit! Even as I always desired instant answers, my hubby on the other hand, was more of a slow processor, methodical, more grounded. Which resulted in his being a procrastinator at times, frustrating me. For the most part, he too, has managed to conquer that habit. However each of us in our way, compliment each other, keeping our relationship balanced.
Have you ever noticed that those who are looking for ‘instant weight loss’ are basically unbalanced, impatient people? They want immediate results and they want them NOW!!! God doesn’t work that way and neither should we.
Impatience has caused all types of ills in biblical history. . . . Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Moses, the Israelites. In fact the Israelites wandered for 40 years in the desert due to their impatience. While Moses was reverently listening to the directions of God on the mountain, they decided that he took too long and wasn’t coming back. So they simply took matters into their own hands and returned to worshiping idols, not trusting God that Moses would return. Wrong choice.
When weight loss results don’t come fast enough, many Christians take matters into their own hands as well, trying quick fixes and even dangerous diet plans. This simply wreaks havoc on our personal temple of the Holy Spirit. Another wrong choice.
Choosing to lose on any fad diet, not based on physiology or psychological factors, turn back years of progress too. Each time we lose weight, we also lose muscle and without exercise in the equation, if we gain, we’ll gain only fat back. It’ll become harder and harder to maintain optimal health! It’s like we are walking through a sea of sand . . . discouraging!
Skipping meals, an unbalanced diet, not understanding bodily metabolic functions or not recognizing emotional eating, all result in wandering without a sensible goal. The longer we spend skipping meals, bingeing or trying some crazy fad diet, the more we will mess with our hypothalamus.
The hypothalamus is essentially the body’s thermostat. It releases and balances our hormone levels and also regulates our ‘set point’ metabolism. The best way to increase metabolism is to increase exercise, creating more muscle mass which naturally burns caloric intake. It’s a personal choice so choose correctly. Stop procrastinating – be goal oriented. Find an exercise you enjoy and do it! Literally start walking out of your weight-gaining desert.
Important: Finding and trusting a knowledgeable nutritionist or dietitian trained in nutritional truth is essential: basic physiology doesn’t change!
Neither does God. Let Him be life’s ‘thermostat’ in all your goals. Be controlled by Biblical Truth . . . patiently balanced on our Lord’s desires, which is a delight in His eyes.
Proverbs 11:1 “A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight.”