Sometimes, when I feel guilty about my lack of personal diet discipline, I put on my fat pants. They are way too big and give the illusion that Iíve lost tons of weightóeven though I havenít.
When I wear my fat pants, people think that Iím disciplined. They have no clue that I have the self control of a dog with a meaty bone and I havenít lost an ounce. However, only the people who donít know me are fooled by my charade.
In my heart, I know what I need to do and the discipline it takes to do it. Being overweight didnít happen over night. Without planning and self motivation, Iíll never be victorious over the real problem; Iíll just wear fat pants.
As our lives get more and more busy, the first place we give slack to is our relationship with the Lord. Like gaining weight, we donít mean for it to happen, we certainly donít plan to lose our passion for the things of God!
Nobody gets up one morning and says, ďStarting today, Iím going to eat more and exercise less until Iím so fat I canít fit into my pantsĒ. Nobody ever says, ďStarting today, Iím going to stop going to church, stop reading my Bible, stop praying and get as far away from God as I can get.Ē But, without a plan and the discipline to follow that plan; both are easy to do!
Living healthy is a discipline, a commitment. Living the Christ life is also a discipline. The discipline of Bible study, prayer and fellowship at church are all self motivated.
It is a decision that I must make, that I must make a plan for doing and then follow through. If not, whether I intended to or not, Iím a member of The Church of the Fat Pants.
I Corinthians 9:27 (NIV) No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.