Mommy Mantra for July 5, 2013: Matthew 9: 11-12 The Pharisees saw this, (Jesus eating with tax collectors, sinners), and said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher* eat with tax collectors and sinners?” He heard this and said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
No I didn’t post this picture because Jesus is eating…this isn’t really about eating or being overweight; God knows I have my own weight issues. I AM a fuller sized woman I KNOW for a fact that I am losing weight not because I want to be one of those windly-spindly-cat-walk-divas but that I need to become healthier.
When I was younger I was a size 2, much too small to be healthy, than I was a size 12, where I was healthy, but when I became a mom my weight ballooned and now I have health troubles.
So reading this Gospel it occurred to me “physician heal thyself!” That in itself is very interesting because the passage comes from Luke 4:23 in which Jesus expected to hear folks from his hometown of Nazareth use this phrase to criticize him. The core of the passage is for us to attend to our own faults rather than criticizing them in others, there is a great deal of judgmentalism going on here. Then it hit me like angels throwing bowling balls at me…you are putting these two Scriptures together for a REASON. So I sat there saying to the angels no more bowling balls let me piece it together! And I did. I prayed about it for quite a while. Are we being judgmental and critical to ourselves in a way that DOES NOT heal us! Heal Us, think about that, really think about it.
How are we truly ourself if weight is a problem to us, in any way: emotionally, physically, spiritually? Are we hiding in the weight to try and protect ourselves? I am not saying that every overweight person is hiding but there are those of us who have put on weight as a form of protection from the outside world. Please know that there is NO perfect weight but the one that is HEALTHY for YOU…its not the weight that matters but the numbers on our medical tests…how high is our blood sugar…what is our BMI…if they are dangerously high we can have all the confidence in the world…but please know God wants us here for a REASON! We need, we MUST care for ourselves we have a HUGE job to do…not only raising children…not only helping create the world we wish to see but also…helping Jesus to bring the Kingdom of God here to the earth!
As for me: I started this journey at 270 lbs. I am now 228 lbs and I am getting to 145 lbs.