New Year…Fresh Start – The Battle of the Bulge

So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, you should do it all for God’s glory (1 Corinthians 10:31, Common English Bible).

There are not too many people I know who have not had this one on a list of New Year’s resolutions at some point in time. For many of us, living in Western culture, eating, while a necessity, is also at least a bit of a problem. There is so much good food, and I don’t mean food that is good for you. I am talking about food that is pleasing to the palate. We love our food.

At the same time, many of us are also sedentary in our day to day activities. We sit at a desk in front of a computer all day (or something like that) and we sit on a couch and watch television at night.

As a result, we don’t burn very many calories in our daily activities. If you don’t burn as many calories as you take in, weight gain happens. Then, when we add to that, the stress that is in many of our lives, it can cause our weight to increase dramatically.

I’ve also noticed something else. It goes on a whole lot easier than it comes off. Then you can add an additional problem in November and December, we are surrounded by some really good foods and the weather outside can limit exercise (or at least that is the excuse I use). The end result is, by the time January comes around many of us are feeling a considerable tightening in our clothes. It serves as a reminder to put that need to battle the bulge on our list of New Year’s resolutions.

I think that, as much as any resolution we will talk about in this series, with the possible exception to stop smoking, this is the resolution that we try, and we fail, more than any other. This may be the resolution that gives all resolutions a bad name. We put it on our list, we fail, we gain, we put it on our list again, and we fail again….

That got me to thinking some. Perhaps our approach is wrong. Perhaps our problem is, we try to do this on our own. I thought about this some yesterday. I had lunch with a friend. As we were leaving he asked if I had lost weight and I said “I” had lost about 30 pounds. In truth, “I” haven’t really done anything. My doctor adjusted some of my medication and I think God has limited my appetite. Where is the credit to my doctor for his work. Where is the credit to God for where God has been at work helping me on this period of weight loss.

Whether it is this, or anything else that will improve my life or the life of those around me, if all I depend on is me, I will probably fail. I am not saying this is true for everyone. Some, after all, are extraordinarily self-disciplined. I would argue, however, God placed that self-discipline inside them so even they didn’t do it on their own.

And, as for the rest of us, if all I am counting on is me, I am losing the battle before it even begins. Especially with something like food, something I have to have, all my own efforts will eventually fall apart.

What I need is help from God. And, when I have help from God I really can’t fail. I may not win the way I first thought, but I will win because God is on my side and with God on my side, how can I fail?

Paul reminds us, whatever we do, we do it giving God the glory.

How do you give God the glory?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Peace,

Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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