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‘Biggest Losers’ tops my list of favorite TV shows and has for years. The incredible life changes that take place through blood, sweat and tears along with intense pain, is beyond inspirational. Fully realizing it is a TV show, where segments may be enhanced, in the end, people’s lives are changed dramatically.
Indignant, when I first heard about the show, ‘Biggest Losers’ has taught me many invaluable lessons. My first lesson came quickly. I could not believe a show would envelope itself around ‘losers’. My completely wrong first impression reminded me to get the facts before I assume something and speak against it. A good reminder for life in general. God’s Word says, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” (Matthew 7:1 NKJV) Don’t be so quick to judge others or their situations in my everyday life.
The first show of every season causes one’s mouth to drop as you view quite openly, people’s fat and weight. Many of them appear to be impossible situations. Again, thoughts flash through my mind as quickly as a lightning strike. “How can people let themselves get in such a condition?” Both thoughts of sorrow and questioning flood my mind. It is hard to fathom. The best part of this scenario is that the contestants have come to grips with their condition and they are willing to do whatever it takes to change their lives.
Again, I am reminded that while many of us do not have such outward signs of lives out of control, many have internal issues to deal with that are just as ugly and unfathomable. Have I come to grips with my issues to the point of being willing to do whatever it takes to change my life? God’s Word says, “For with God nothing will be impossible.” (Luke 1:37 NKJV) As I stand in faith believing His Word, I know I can be helped with both my internal and external personal issues.
Lastly, with seemingly insurmountable challenges, the contestants realize they cannot go it alone. They’ve tried in the past and failed. The coach and the willingness of the contestant determine the outcome. And, success is not without a cost. Exercise is brutal; internal purging of past pain, hurts , trials and trauma which is bared publicly, is beyond comprehension and yet they succeed as a team.
This life picture so clearly reveals to me a similar spiritual message. In life, we all face at one time or another, what seem to us to be insurmountable challenges. We also cannot go it alone. But sometimes, it is hard for us to realize that fact. A great coach knows how to reach into the heart of each contestant and help them deal with issues that are often the source of the weight gain. God’s Holy Spirit acts as our Coach. In the Bible, the Holy Spirit is referred to as our “Helper” (John 14:16 NKJV). He can reach into our hearts and heal of us of any challenge we face and He offers so much more. As with the Biggest Loser show,, it is the coach coupled with the willingness of the contestant that yields the best results. So, it is with the Holy Spirit and our willingness – if I am willing to work with the Holy Spirit to change my life for the better, regardless of the cost, I will yield results that I can’t even imagine. His Word promises me this as I trust Him and follow His ways.
Some say the format of this show and spiritually speaking, Jesus’s way, is outlandish – extremely unconventional, which it is in a way, but perhaps, that’s what makes both work.
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