Pastor Blake Williams
Missions & Outreach Pastor, Shiloh Community Church
Confession…I’ve been battling the same idol in my life for over 20 years. Since the
time I was about 10 years old I’ve struggled to keep my weight in check. When I share that with people I typically get one of two responses; either it will be laughed off or disbelieved. I often try to “prove it” to people by letting them know that as an 8th grader I weighed over 215lbs and I was only about 5’8” at the time. How did I get there? Same way as most people: I love food, I had no portion control, and I can crush more ice cream than most small cities in the U.S.
This is a problem. I’ll even go out on a crazy limb and say that I’m not alone in this
problem. At one point or another almost everyone has struggled with their weight. Of course there are those select few who could eat Golden Corral out of business and wouldn’t gain an ounce; but they’re the minority when it comes to weight issues. On average the typical American male got 15lbs heavier and the average American woman is 17lbs heavier over the time period between 2011 and 2014 according to a recent study by the CDC. Again, this is frightening.
In June, Brittany and I took a belated 5-year anniversary trip that we’ve been saving
for our whole marriage. We both love cruises and were so excited to get away from the blasting inferno of Phoenix for a week and partake in the wonderful delicacies of cruise
food. In the weeks leading up to the trip we had thrown caution to the wind in regards to our eating and it wasn’t until the day before leaving that I dared to step on the scale. I pulled our scale out of the bathroom closet, sucked in (as if it would make a difference), and put both feet on the scale. I looked down past my belly to see the result and the scale read… “GET OFF.” Just kidding. But that’s what it should’ve said. I was horrified for where I’ve allowed myself to get and began to wonder how long it was going to take to get back.
In my experience it takes about a week to put on 10lbs and about 4 months to lose it.
At that rate, I was going to be at this for a while! We have a friend that is extremely obese and he likes to joke that the fastest hundred was from 3 to 4. While he’s joking, and he is
constantly trying to stay disciplined enough to lose the weight, he’s not that far off.
After awhile most of us don’t realize what we’re doing and stop looking to see how bad the damage has gotten. We don’t realize that we have placed an idol on the throne of our heart that has desensitized us from reality. Then one day we look down and are faced with a hard reality.
We don’t like to admit that we have problems. When faced with the hard truth that
we might have an issue or even worse, an idol, we recoil. No one likes to be told or shown that God has taken a backseat in their life or isn’t Lord over every area. But we need to be shown. Hopefully there are those in your life that will hold you accountable and point you back to the Lord.
At this point, it’s pretty clear, this doesn’t just have to be a weight issue. What are
the things in your life that are desensitizing you to the Lord? If you take an honest look at your life right now can you see the slow drift you’re taking away from His presence? Have you allowed anyone to speak the truth in love? If not, why? Are you willing to do the hard work that it might take to get the Lord back on the throne of your heart? I hope so. I know for me this progression has been slower than I’d like but I’m trusting the process and each day choosing to fight to keep God in His rightful place.