Bringing Gluttony into the Light

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Over the past couple of years I have slowly lost some weight. The weight has finally started to add up to the point that people are noticing and I keep getting asked how much weight I’ve lost. Well, I really didn’t know because I hadn’t kept track. I was trying to make changes in my diet for health purposes. I had to have my gallbladder taken out a couple of years ago and last year I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. All of this, including high blood pressure, finally prompted me to make some changes. Well … I went through some old medical records to find out what I actually weighed at different points over the last year or so, plus I’ve been doing Weight Watchers with my wife for the past month. So I finally have an answer when someone asks me how much weight I’ve lost.

55 pounds.

I’ve got quite a ways to go before I get down to my goal weight, but I don’t really think just in terms of weight loss. I try to focus more on my overall health and fitness. Plus, I see it all as a way to honor God. I have a problem with eating too much food and that leads to Gluttony. Gluttony is a sin we Christians like to ignore. It is much easier to focus on those sins we don’t entertain in our own lives. If we admit that Gluttony is a sin then we might have to make some changes in our lives … and that’s brings our faith just a little too close for comfort!

The Bible clearly teaches Gluttony is a sin. Proverbs 23:20-21 warns us, “Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags. Proverbs 28:7 adds, “He who keeps the law is a discerning son, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.” Proverbs 23:2 figuratively declares, “Put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.”

Scripture advocates moderation and temperance. Unfortunately, gluttony reveals a problem with over-indulgence and control. And this presents me with a quandary. I love to eat! Pizza is one of my favorite things in this world. But I am on staff in my local church. I teach Bible Study and am sometimes afforded the opportunity to preach. I have often said that when our lifestyle doesn’t line up with Scripture we are presented with a choice. The onus to change is on us because God’s Word remains constant. Unfortunately, my weight and my gluttony didn’t line up with God’s Word … and I had to make a choice. I could practice what I preach or I could continue to wallow in hypocrisy.

I’ve decided to change.

It isn’t easy … and I don’t consider what I’m doing as a diet. If I want to eat pizza, I’ll eat it and thank God for it … however, I’ll have to eat it in a way that fits into the lifestyle I’m pursuing. I want to honor God with my life. I’m less concerning with my goal weight than I am with living in the manner prescribed by God. My weight will figure itself out as I make these changes.

I know from experience, however, how easy it is to fall off the fitness wagon and into my old ways. So, to hold myself accountable I have created a Weight Loss Blog/Journal. You can follow my pursuit of fitness at the below web address:

Finding Clark

I won’t be posting long essays there. It’s a Tumblr blog, which is new to me, but it works perfectly for pictures and brief posts about my weight loss exploits. Plus, I don’t have to bore my readers here with stories about what I had for dinner! Feel free to follow along as I try to change my lifestyle. And if you are tempted to over indulge and need to lose a few pounds yourself, feel free to join me!