When we face difficult circumstances, we often feel as though we're in it alone even when it's obvious that we're not. For example, if you're married, your spouse is as much affected by what takes place in your life as you are. If there's a layoff on your job, everyone who received a pink slip understands what you're going through. In America, over 1/3 of the population is overweight. That means they all are experiencing the same challenges as you are in terms of losing unwanted pounds and adopting a healthy lifestyle. Likewise, those struggling with eating disorders are also acutely aware of the pain and devastation the disorder causes in your life.
Nevertheless, the isolation, the loneliness, and the belief that no one understands your plight persists, especially when you eat healthier meals alone, exercise alone, and adopt a healthy lifestyle alone in a household full of people who have no interest in changing their unhealthy habits. Recognize that this is a trick of the enemy, an attack designed to make you quit! If you think about it, it's really not much different than the peer pressure you felt as a child to skip school, become sexually active, or use drugs because EVERYONE ELSE WAS DOING IT!
The Bible says, "When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child, but when I became a man, I put away childish things" (1 Corinthians 13:11). The enemy's intent is the same today as it was during childhood. He wants you to feel left out, to think you're missing out on something, and to desire to be included. But remember what happened to the kids who skipped school? Many of them became high school dropouts who still struggle to make ends meet. Remember the girls who decided to satisfy their boyfriends' lust? Many of them became teenaged mothers and/or were infected with sexually transmitted diseases. Remember the "friends" who urged you to "take a hit of weed?" Many of them became drug addicts, drug dealers, and/or incarcerated prisoners.
Now fast forward to today, yesterday, last week, last month, or even last year. How many people have died from heart attacks in your family? Which co-worker was paralyzed due to a stroke? Which church member is on dialysis? Which friend was diagnosed with diabetes? You don't have to look back 30 years to know what will happen if you give in to the pressure to quit. That scenario is playing out all around you every day.
Even if it's true that no human being on earth knows, cares, or understands what you're enduring on your health and fitness journey, Jesus does! Even if no one will travel the narrow road that leads to health and fitness with you, He will! He has promised that even if everyone else fails you and leaves you, He NEVER WILL! He'll stay by your side, holding your right hand through it all, and when you've done all you can and you're unable to stand on your own, He'll carry you out of the Wilderness of Obesity and Eating Disorders into the Promised Land of Healthy and Fit for Life!
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Ann Wooten Taylor
Ann is an attorney who has been licensed to practice law in the State of Arkansas since 2004, practicing in the areas of child abuse and neglect, special education, and unemployment insurance law. Mrs. Taylor is also the C.E.O. of Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries and a Christian author. Her first non-fiction, Christian book entitled, "Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook" was published and released by Life to Legacy Publishing in 2015. Her second book, the "Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher's Edition" was published and released in December 2016.