A phrase keeps running through my mind: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” I guess that sums up where I am now in my journey to healthy living. At first, I thought posting my progress on this blog would push me to eat well and exercise on a consistent basis. The problem I have realized is that there must be a deeper motivation. I think I have begun to tap into that motivation and I thought I would begin posting about my weekly progress once again. Here are my numbers for today.
Current Weight: 227lbs
Goal Weight: 195lbs
Weight To Lose: 32lbs
I imagine every believer would say that they want a deep and growing relationship with God. It sounds good and, in reality, every Christian should have this desire. I have just started reading John Piper’s A Hunger For God and thought I would share this:
The more deeply you walk with Christ, the hungrier you get for Christ . . . the more homesick you get for heaven . . . the more you want “all the fullness of God” . . . the more you want to be done with sin . . . the more you want the Bridegroom to come again . . . the more you want the Church revived and purified with the beauty of Jesus . . . the more you want a great awakening to God’s reality in the cities . . . the more you want to see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ penetrate the darkness of all the unreached peoples of the world . . . the more you want to see false worldviews yield to the force of Truth . . . the more you want to see pain relieved and tears wiped away and death destroyed . . . the more you long for every wrong to be made right and the justice and grace of God to fill the earth like the waters cover the sea.
If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great. God did not create you for this. There is an appetite for God. And it can be awakened. I invite you to turn from the dulling effects of food and the dangers of idolatry, and to say with some simple fast: “This much, O God, I want you.”
What powerful words!