The Gift of God

I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.  (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13)

Yes, I am still watching my weight. I’ve lost fifty pounds but now the goal is to keep off those fifty pounds. My head is still in weight loss, not weight maintenance. Every day, I carefully record what I intend to eat, how I will cook it, and what I will serve with it.

Then I dissect my list. “I should have eaten the fish plain, without the sauce, the potato was too big and, drats, why did I add butter? I still rip my food apart on a daily basis. In my head, what I ate or didn’t eat is never good enough, and yet, the scale is profoundly happy!

That is how some of us live our Christian lives. We nit-pick it to death and forget that if we asked Jesus into our life, to forgive our sins, the act is done. We are saved. What we put on the scale or take off the scale will not change the fact that Jesus died for us and for our sins and we must accept that as it is and live our lives in that new vein.

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him. (John 3:16-18)

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