Friday, June 3, 2011

I Could Tell the Difference Already!

If you keep up with any of my other blogs (not that I expect you do ... but if you do...) you know I have changed my eating somewhat. Yeah, I just didn't feel well and the other day I stepped on the scale to see that I had gained an additional 5 pounds! So I called a halt to my eating habits and dove in! I've stated before that sometimes everything revolves around running when you are a runner. And my dietary changes are no different.

So I cut back and even though I am still heavier than I want to be I've already lost that last 5 pounds! Yeah me! I wondered as I hit the trail yesterday if I would be able to tell any difference yet. And honestly with such a cut in my daily calorie intake I wondered if I'd have the steam to make two laps...I did! Actually, I think I really felt better. Just 5 pounds made a difference. I can't wait to lose this other 10 - that's my goal anyway.

5 pounds doesn't seem like a lot. But think about the last time you bought a large bag of flour or sugar. (They used to weigh 5 pounds!) It isn't bad at first but if you keep carrying it around the store - like waiting in line forever to pay for it - it will feel like it gets heavier and heavier. Extra body weight is the same way...it gradually slows us down more and more.

Now I don't think the writer of Hebrews was a literal runner, but maybe he (or she) understood how the weights of life can affect us. When we carry any kind of extra weight, or baggage, around for very long our whole lives will slow down to try and accommodate. It doesn't matter if it's emotional, spiritual, or a physical ailment. If we cannot effectively put it down it will weight us down. And this is why Hebrews 12:1 speaks of laying aside all encumbrances, weights - and sins that drag us down. To walk a walk of faith is like running the trail - you just cannot do it as well if you're carrying a lot of weight around! What do you need to lay down today so you can keep running this race of life?

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