SHE is on a diet
Keto. Paleo. Atkins. Low-fat. Low-carb. Intermittent Fasting.
DIETS. DIETS. DIETS.
In 2018, you can easily find quick access to different resources about what new diet can make you shed pounds in a matter of weeks.
Although some are authentic and can actually make you go from flab to fab, true dieting is a lifestyle. Now that being said, I’m the worst dieter. Not sure if this term is already coined, but I’m a circumstantial dieter. This means I typically only diet for certain circumstances: (1) Pending beach vacation. (2) Short-lived attempts to drop 5-10 lbs. (3) Some monthly challenge I’m doing with a friend.
Without any surprise, the minute I breath the ocean air or finish the 30th day of that month, all my diet restrictions go out the window. The way I scarf down whatever high carb, high fat menu item would have you shocked to know that I had actually given all that up for weeks.
How many times do we approach our Christian life the same way?
When we make the commitment to give our lives to Christ and die daily to ourselves (Galatians 2:20), we also make a commitment to diet from sin. This requires a lifestyle of “meal prepping” so we can try to avoid temptations in the near future (i.e. certain relationships, social settings, etc.). It requires a complete mental, physical, and spiritual change which will not exempt us from sin, but will allow us to be more aware of how sufficient God’s grace is in the midst of it.
‘Dieting” from sin doesn’t mean that we will be sinless. Only Jesus has that characteristic. And it is through Him alone that God sees us through clean lens anyway.
What it does mean is that we are making a conscious effort to create a lifestyle that is purposeful in honoring God through our actions and faith. It means that through His grace and mercy, we can shed the pounds of shame and defeat that weighed heavily on our bodies, and stand in front of the mirror and see what God already saw as beautiful.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…”