One Sunday morning my husband and I were on our way to church when we got behind what used to be called a “Sunday driver.” He was trudging along about 10 mph below the speed limit with seemingly not a care in the world.
Coming to stoplight on a four lane street, it became safe and convenient to pull around him which we intended to do. All of a sudden when the light turned green, this gentleman revved his engine 10 mph OVER the speed limit, intentionally not allowing us to pass.
I, of course, immediately connected it to a motivational post. I remarked, “Man, I wish my patients had been that motivated at times!”
I thought back to when I worked with doctors. A few of my younger patients had always thought they’d improve their diet later. After all, I have time to live it up, so don’t bug me! My system can handle junk & fast foods just fine. For now, they hadn’t a care in the world.
That is until they were diagnosed with obesity combined with diabetes or other illness. All of a sudden they had a reason to become healthier.
One, “Sherry” wanted to try out for the cheerleading team but realized she hadn’t enough energy to attempt that. Besides that challenge, all that junk food was affecting her skin and she suffered from severe acne which in turn make her self-conscious.
“Chuck” had already tried out for the basketball and later the baseball team but was winded after completing a few sprints. He never made either team. Now he was gaining weight. When his father began noticing a change in his demeanor, a doctor diagnosed Chuck with Type 2 Diabetes. His father brought him in for nutritional counseling.
These two teens faced similar challenges but achieved different outcomes.
Sherry had been bullied over her weight gain by typical mean-girls found in high schools all over this country. The more they teased her, the more junk food she ate to numb the pain. Her self-esteem was plummeting but I could still see a fire in her eyes. She desired to turn her life around and took to heart my pro-active nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes. Gradually she learned that no food could fill the void in her heart, only the Lord could. Months later I gazed upon a confident and independent young woman who decided to run for and got elected to her student government.
On the other hand, Chuck wanted to please his dad, which is one reason he tried out for the teams. But Chuck’s athletic skills didn’t equal his father’s expectations. Since his dad thought he was smarter than God, the twig didn’t fall far from the tree. Each session Chuck sat glumly, listening. Consume a variety of better foods? “I already know that,” Chuck responded. Really? Then why wasn’t he doing so?
“You believe in God? Good – even the demons believe that and shudder.” (James 2:19)
Head knowledge isn’t heart knowledge. The demons had no desire to submit to God’s control and neither did Chuck.
There had to be a reason Chuck was self-destructing. Questioning a possible veiled reason brought a tense, “He’s not a basket case!” from his father. I didn’t see Chuck after that and fervently prayed he didn’t advance to drugs to numb the pain of perceived unacceptance. We are all unique with different talents and gifts given by God.
What is your motivation? It should be to first honor our Lord. Become a New Creation!