Weak is the New Strong

If someone handed you a recipe for “physical health”, what ingredients would you expect to find on that list?   Self-control, deprivation, maybe some steamed kale?

What if I told you God puts “weakness” on the list?  The Bible tells us that His power is made perfect in our weakness, so if we want His power to heal us from overeating,  it makes sense that our weakness is a prerequisite.  That’s good news because I am especially weak when it comes to anything involving chocolate.

With a new year upon us, most folks have big dreams for living differently and being healthy.  If we’re honest,  we also know we’ve been down this road before and we have failed.  We’re afraid to hope.

But God doesn’t care how many times we’ve failed at caring for our bodies.  He’s happier that we admit our weakness and come to Him for help.  He isn’t mad at us; He simply wants us to come to him for help rather than running to the leftover Christmas cookies in our pantry when we’re in a funk.

What a relief that we can come to him, say “I am weak”, say that we need Him to help us with our overeating and know that He will hear us and help us move forward!

In my life, I’ve seen firsthand the lasting transformation that happens when we go through God to get healthy.  Rather than spin our wheels on a diet that will confine us to the point of rebound eating three weeks from now (or three days, who am I kidding?),  God wants to show us the underlying emotional reasons we overeat – and heal us from the inside out.   A healthy body is the overflow of a healthy heart.

“Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”   2 Corinthians 12:9

 

“Yeah, but what do I do?”

The next time you feel discouraged about your weight or your overeating,  ask God to help you.  Repeat.

Steven Mast