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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Inner Person (09/09/10)

TITLE: The List
By Deborah Ann Belka


Each year when summer ends I sit down and write out a list of things I want to accomplish before it returns. I guess you could say it is my Summer’s End Resolutions list. As always the words, “Lose Weight” rears its way into the lead.

After much consideration, I wonder why it propels its way to the top of each year’s pledge to God and self. I agonize over the time and energy spent at my unsuccessful attempts and come up with no solution for my apparent failure to perform. As I continued to scan over my list, I realized that many of my listed endeavors would most likely follow suit.

I wanted to do something different this year. Instead of a long list of things I may or may not accomplish, I decided my Summer’s End Resolution list would consist of only one entry.

Starting over I crumbled up the list and on a new sheet of paper, I confidently and fearlessly write the words, “Gain Weight.”

That’s right, instead of losing weight I want to gain it! I want to tip the scales and weigh in for Jesus.

I want to get fat feeding on the flawless word of God. My daily diet will consist of stuffing myself with the everlasting provisions found in the Bible. The ingredients that are inside read like a label on a food package, packed full of spiritual nutrition that will always satisfied and never disappoint. “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8).

I want to ingest all the truth the scriptures hold and taste for myself all the goodness within. My body needs 1,800 calories a day to keep my heart beating, my brain running, and my body warm enough to stay alive. I want to take in enough of God’s Word so that my heart, my mind, and my soul are fully alive to accomplish His will for my life. “Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will” (Ephesians 1:5).

I want to feast on the fruit of the Spirit and fill my belly with the carbohydrates of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, and have them be the guts of my integrity so that I may be filled with the fullness of Christ. “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:11).

I want to savor each and every morsel of God’s love, compassion, grace, and mercy. I want to chew it up, spit it out, and see that my words, actions, and deeds honor God. That my conduct and activities will encourage those, who have yet to take a bite out of God’s plan for their lives, to also find eternal hope. “That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 9:10).

I want to devour the meat of His Word and relish the experience of spiritual growth. I want to become solid and firm in my faith and wean myself from any doubt, so that my faith may overflow as I learn to trust the Lord with my whole heart. “Trust in the Lord, and do good, dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness” (Psalms 37:3).

I want to toss down the protein of His power and rest assured that in Him and Him alone, I will find all the sustenance I need for a sound mind and body. I want to starve off the daily attacks from Satan by satisfying myself with the knowledge that, “I can do all things though Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

Finally, I want to fast for a while on the knowledge and understanding that I have done absolutely nothing to earn my inheritance into the Kingdom of God. No goals, no objectives, no list on my part has taken me to the foot of His throne. “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

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All Scriptures from the NKJV

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Lillian Rhoades 09/16/10
Novel use of the "diet" concept. You've "challenged" us all to gain "weight."
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/17/10
What a wonderful way to get fat! I enjoyed the way you swiftly compared God's word with different nutrients our bodies require. Well done, I really enjoyed this piece.
Genia Gilbert09/18/10
Good challenge to concentrate less on the outer and more on our inner person. The effect would likely be lifechanging.
Sarah Heywood09/18/10
I found myself nodding as I began to read since, as I edge towards menopause, find myself fighting the "battle of the bulge" with increasing intensity. I coudl relate. But then you really caught my attention with your line about "gaining weight." My head snapped up and I wondered what you were going to have to say next.

This was delightful and I doubt I'll be able to look at my expanding waistline without remembering the need to also "gain weight."

Good writing!
Christina Banks 09/21/10
I like this! What an interesting take on the topic. Nicely done!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/23/10
Congratulations for placing 12th in your level!
Carol Penhorwood 09/23/10
Congratulations, my dear friend. I'm so proud of you. This was a winner for sure.