The Other Side of "Amen"
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
“See, the former things have taken place and new things I declare; before they spring into being, I announce them to you.” Isa 42:9
“Isaiah 43:19- “See? I am doing a new thing! Do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
If you know me, you know that my weight has been the source of struggle for me, due to medications I take or have taken (for example, IV steroids). Recently there has been a new serious push on my part to finally chip away at the hundred pounds I need to lose. That number sounds daunting, doesn’t it? But I have a good friend whom I met on SparkPeople.com, which is a site for people who are attempting to live healthier lives at a healthier weight. This friend of mine has lost 225 lbs. Imagine that! She has been a great source of inspiration and her encouragement has kept me going.
Last week I broke through the 100/200 junction, crossing into the one hundreds. I was ecstatic. And today I weighed myself in terror because I have had a couple of days where I really struggled with hunger and thus had eaten more than is normal for me of late. Sure enough. 202 lbs. I was crushed. And then I got angry. How can a piece of glass and metal ruin my day? I have been trying to wrap my mind (and my emotions) around the fact that the scale is just metal and glass and weight—is just a number. Neither determine my worth. Neither should have the power to spoil my day. It’s true that it is a small setback--but it Is one that can be reversed in a day or two of eating like I need to eat.
After I weighed myself this morning I took out the journal I have been keeping for my weight loss and health pursuit. I wrote down three statements that I want to share with you.
1) Today is a new day on the cusp of a new year. Do not look back at successes or failures. Let God do a new thing in you! Do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43:19 – see above)
2) You have an ocean of wisdom and power at your fingertips—just the other side of an “Amen.”
3) Your day is the stuff of your creation. Your hours are canvas. Your moments are paint. And your seconds are your brushes. Create a thing of beauty with today.
Whatever your struggle is today—whether it is weight or something else, don’t allow it to have power that it does not and should not hold. Give It to God and then declare it settled and move on. Make today beautiful. Strive to create moments today that will be a good memory for tomorrow.
This is a post I wrote for my "Other" blog.