One morning last week, I had to make a Wal-Mart stop. While in the check out line, I was taken back to my college days. The person in front of me was eating gummy bears by the handful and drinking a diet Mountain Dew. Yes, gummy bears and diet Mountain Dew belonged in their own food group when I was 20 years old. Some days this combo was lunch. And dinner. Yep…I know.
Back to the Wal-Mart check out line. The person in front of me was a baby strapped in the front of the cart…not more than 10 or 11 months old. Yes, a baby was eating gummy bears and drinking diet Mountain Dew. His mom was holding the diet Mountain Dew bottle and letting him drink it. He was also covered in a rash from head to toe.
It was not my place to judge or to say anything to this mom. I am sure she was doing what she thought was good for her son. It was obvious that she cared for him and he seemed very happy. After she checked out, she bought him 3 cookies from a group raising money by selling home-baked goods. She handed him the cookies and he was stuffing one in his mouth on the way out the door.
I did the one thing I felt led to do. I prayed for her. That God would allow someone to come into her life the same way the He has allowed many people to cross my path and help me find a new way, a better way of eating and nourishing my body. I prayed that her little boy would grow up to be a healthy and strong man who loved his family and came to know God at an early age. That was my role in that short but fruitful exchange in the Wal-Mart check out line.
I have been there. Fat. Depressed. Self-loathing. 210 pounds. Feeding my soul through my mouth. Happiness in a cheeseburger or 3. Pseudo food is the ultimate adulterer. He will betray you. Every. Single. Time. I know. I courted him. And he left me. Fat and disgusted.
For those of you who didn’t know me then, but know me now, 16 years later, I know you are shaking your head. I will be 36 in a couple of weeks and I am 70 pounds shy of 210 pounds. How did it happen? By choosing one thing. And doing it over and over again, week after week, and month after month. Year after year.
That brings me to the Weekly Intention. What is one thing…one thing you want to change about your lifestyle this week? I would love to hear what you are willing to surrender, sacrifice, or attempt. Please comment or email about your one thing. I want to pray for you!! On Wednesday, I will post about my one thing…
“One day at a time, this is enough. Don’t look back and grieve over the past for it is gone. Do not be troubled about the future, for it has yet to come. Live in the present and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.” Unknown author