I ran across a verse in the Bible that got me thinking about my dieting. “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” Colossians 3:23 (KJV)
Dieting is something I do. It is a “whatsoever.” Two thoughts popped into my head.
First, my dieting is not for other people. I might look better, or might feel better but I’m not dieting to impress people. I have seen this from many articles on dieting. What is the reason you are trying to lose weight? If it is for your spouse, your children, your work, or any other external reason, then it’s not going to work. You can’t sustain effort if you don’t think you are reaping the benefit.
The only way to please God is with faith. So we have to diet by faith. Faith is simply trusting God to bring the promised results.
Second, we then do our part. We diet wholeheartedly. We need our health to do the purposes God has called us to do. We put our soul into doing what we need to do. We see ourselves as skinny by faith. We imagine what we can do better when we have lost the weight the so easily besets us.
So focus your weight loss not on others, or even yourselves but work as if you work for the Lord. Your health is a gift. Take it by faith and do what you do heartily. Never give up or be discouraged. Lose the weight you need to lose so you can serve Him to you best.