Change Your Life
Well, it’s January again. It’s the time where many consider resolutions and the sales for weight-loss companies presumably reach their highest profits all year. I always make the same resolution to lose weight. It goes well for about a month and then life happens where it’s so easy for me to make an excuse to not exercise today…or why I can’t choose the healthier meal option.
I do this every year. And then, when I fail, I beat myself up about it. I have this fantastic time every December where I eat that cookie…where I drink an extra cocktail and eat just one more bite. And then I feel miserable at the end of the night thinking, why did I do that? It’s in my head the whole time: I know I’m making poor choices.
Well, I’m back on the band-wagon again, after having lost 35 lb last summer and then gaining 8 lb back over the holiday season. I know exactly how it happened: It was when I lay on the couch, eating cookies and fast-food because I rationalized that I had no time to cook a sensible meal. This time, however, I’ve got a different perspective because I read the passage from Matthew 3:1-2:
“While Jesus was living in the Galilean hills, John, called “the Baptizer,” was preaching in the desert country of Judea. His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: “Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.” – The Message
This made me think about all those who were fortunate enough to meet Jesus and follow him at a moment’s notice. Remember the fishermen? Jesus said, follow me, I will make you fishers of men. …and there they went. They left everything and followed Jesus. Just like that. Could I do that, if I were in their shoes? Because of their choice to change and follow Him, they are now living an eternal life with God.
Then I think about the phrase, “His message was simple and austere”. Simple! Yes! Change your life. It’s so simple! ACK! It IS simple to say that I am a follower of Jesus Christ, but then I bend the rules to justify my behavior. “Well, yes I am Christian, but that guy just cut me off on the highway. I couldn’t let that go so I [fill in the blanks here].” It’s simple: Give grace and you will get grace. You may not get grace back from that guy on the highway, but maybe you’ll get it from another driver further down the road.
On New Year’s Day, Greg talked about things we want to do this coming year, things we will do…and the one thing we MUST do. But we must figure out our own “must”. I knew mine right away: I must become healthier. I’m already started – I just needed that push.
So this year, as I focus on my “must”, I am also focusing on John the Baptist’s simple message and the actions of those fishermen. Change your life. Just like that.
– Jennifer Rome