A co-worker brought up a Bible passage I haven’t thought of in a while:
…The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate […] I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong […] there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? – Romans 7:14b-15, 21,23-24
I’ve considered this passage before in my weight loss journey – but I can’t say I have ever been able to connect the passage to a solution. Last night I was working late and a vendor invited me to dinner. My original plan was to leave from work and go to the gym, but in the face of temptation, I quickly abandoned what I knew was right for what I hate.
After overeating, I did go to the gym, but the damage was done. I’ve ridden my bicycle thousands of miles, I’ve run for hundreds of miles, I have swam for tens of feet (ok, I’m not that much of a swimmer) – the point is, I can and do exercise, but I don’t lose weight because of my diet. Going to the gym is important but not saying no to overeating and eating things I shouldn’t is why I’m not losing weight – and lately why I’m gaining.
I want to SCREAM! Why do I do the things I do not want to do? ARGGHHH!!!! The Apostle Paul goes on to say the answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord (7:25). While I accept that as the solution, I’m pressed to figure out how to apply the cure to my aliment… No disrespect to JC – I’m the human failing here, not HIM.