I had been avoiding the scale for several weeks, but I finally decided to weigh myself and account for the damage. Yep, I had gained 5 lbs. My weight always fluctuates. I think it enjoys making me mad, happy or sad based on its movements; it likes to show off its control over me.
Normally when I gain weight, I focus all my attention and efforts on the unwanted pounds. I lose all my peace and joy, and every aspect of my daily life is affected. I’m determined to lose the weight at all cost.
As my mind started its downward spiral of negative and distracted thoughts, God told me, “They don’t make a difference.”
“What?” I asked. I was really tired of this cycle, and I was willing to hear what God had to say.
“Those 5 lbs you are worrying about make absolutely no difference in your life. They don’t affect how people see you, they don’t affect your health and they don’t affect your destiny. They are meaningless.”
After God gave me the truth about my 5 lbs, I finally found freedom. I didn’t want to waste my energy over a few pounds because I’m busy enough doing things that have purpose. Why would I misuse my time on something that is insignificant? I felt light as a feather, though I was 5 lbs heavier!
In my new found freedom, I got dressed. I didn’t even worry about the fact that my jeans were a tad snugger around my waist. Since my mind was freed up to think about more important things, I started focusing on God’s promises for me. My thoughts instantly started exploring what I needed to do in order for God to finally fulfill His plan in my life.
God said almost cheekily, “They don’t make a difference.”
“What?” I asked. If God had more freedom for me, I wanted it.
During my entire adult life, I have struggled with trying to humble myself more, trying to learn more, trying to shed more sin, trying to focus on God more. I’ve wanted to do everything in my power, so I could prove to God that I was ready to receive His promises. Without knowing it, though, I was basing God’s promises on what I was doing.
God said, “Nothing you could ever do would make you deserve the promises that I have for you. My promises will always be too great for you to earn. I give them freely to you because of who I am and because I love you.”
Talk about freedom! All my efforts could never secure God’s blessings, so I can quit worrying about proving myself all the time. God blesses me because of what He has done, not what I have done. All I need to do is focus on staying in God’s will. If I am in the center of His purpose, God will accomplish His plans for me. I simply need to cooperate with Him.
I also realized that God gives all of us 5 lbs of grace. When you look at an imperfect woman and wonder why she’s getting blessed, just remember that she has 5 lbs of grace. And the same goes for you. If you see your imperfections and wonder how God could ever bless you, just remember that God has 5 lbs of grace for you too. All of us make mistakes. None of us deserve God’s blessing. I don’t care how perfect you are or how perfect you think she is. Our efforts are meaningless compared to God’s perfection. We all deserve death if It wasn’t for Christ!
Christians can claim God’s grace, and that is why we can boldly go to the throne! God has an amazing life for us, and He gives it to us freely. We just have to be available and willing to receive it. Finally, 5 lbs we can all rejoice about!
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2.8-9 NIV).