Lent Diets- New Years Resolution Afterburners   Leave a comment

I work at a gym. Most of you know that but for first-time readers I want to provide a little back story and qualification. Yesterday a young girl (14ish) came to me after her workout. She was complaining that she was going to pass out and that she hadn’t eaten all day. At that point I knocked her out with a hard right cross to the chin. You don’t tell a trainer that you came to the gym to work out and didn’t eat all day. That is stupid on 2 counts: working out on no fuel, and telling the one guy who will really care. So yeah, I knocked her out.

Actually I bought her some juice and an apple and chastised her. Then asked her what the deal was. Lent.

Ah, Lent. That beautiful time of year when people give up of food. It is rather convenient actually. In January, you pledge to lose weight. In late February and March you might not be sticking with that pledge too well so here comes Lent and BAM, you shift that diet into second gear.

Diet tactics I despise include not eating. Lent = excuse to not eat. Now I am not assuming that is what everyone does at Lent but I do know for sure that that is what somedo at Lent. This girl did. Do you? Is it a time for dieting in the guise of self-sacrifice?

I struggle with this personally. I look at things like sugar, caffeine, fatty/greasy foods, and I know that they are horrible for me. On top of that I know that if I stopped consuming them I would be very lean, and what muscle I have would show nicely. But I have trouble not eating that stuff. Sometimes I think about going on a total healthy diet regimen, in my mind I justify it with the knowledge that I should be taking care of this temple (my body. a little too large. drafty front doors. seats more than necessary). I tell myself that it is really my job as a christian to be healthy and self controlled. But… it IS my job to be those things. Every. Day.

It is kind of like being nice at christmas time. Or giving only when a bucket or plate is passed in front of me. Or being generous in my surplus and not in my lacking. Or being kind to my friends but not really so much to those I don’t know. God didn’t tell us to love our neighbors in as much as he told us to be a neighbor to everyone, and love them.

But getting back to the point. We as christians are supposed to die daily. Not for a small segment out of the year. You want to give up lunch during Lent? Thats great! Just examine yourself to find the real reason. Be truthful to yourself and to One Lent focuses on. Maybe give the money you would have spent to someone who could use a lunch.

Does the way you celebrate Lent show love? That is the purpose after all. That is the language that we have been told to use with our neighbors. Is Lent a chance to realize that weight loss that you have been trying to achieve but haven’t?  But don’t let Lent be the only time that we are truly obedient to the directives we have been given. Care for those around you, but maybe care more during Lent. Give to the needy, but give more during Lent. Don’t let Lent be a time in which we celebrate by inaction.

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Posted March 3, 2012 by john b in Uncategorized

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