Why Your Diet Isn’t Working

Why Your Diet Isn’t Working

I don’t like dieting.

That’s why I don’t do it.

I try to be active, however, by running and doing my own little homemade crossfit workouts. In full transparency, I am being very liberal in my use of the term “crossfit workouts”. It’s always the same thing: 150 push-ups, 150 v-ups (both broken into five sets of course – you didn’t think I could do 150 consecutive push-ups, did you?) and a 1.2 mile run. All of this takes place in my drive way and along the side of the road in front of my house.

I’m sure the neighbors find the whole thing comical; the shirtless pastor running up and down the street and doing v-ups on a princess fold out couch so as not to hurt my fragile thirty-five year old back on the cement driveway.

Truth be told, it’s a pretty good workout.

It gets the heart rate up and my abs, arms, and chest “feel the burn”, as they say.

On days I don’t feel up for my typical grind I’ll opt for a long run instead.

Now, here’s the sad truth – I’ve noticed some change in my physical appearance of late, but not a hugely significant one.

Why?

I’m sure there are a few different reasons, but the biggest is this…

I don’t eat well.

When I say I don’t eat well, what I really mean is I drink way too much coke and opt some evenings for movie theatre popcorn instead of actual food for dinner. A few nights ago I even fell asleep with a bag of Lays potato chips next to me in bed.

Don’t judge me, I’m going through stuff.

I don’t think you have to be a dietician or Jillian Michaels to diagnose my struggle. I’m killing opportunities for actual noticeable change by refusing to cut out the junk food in my diet.

Recently I’ve had some conversations with individuals struggling in their faith.

They’ve said things like this:

“Ryan, for the first time in my life I’m going to church. Why does it feel like God is still so far away?”

“I’ve started reading scripture every day but God still feels distant.”

“I’m more intentional than ever with my prayer life… why do things still seem so chaotic?”

Again, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to these types of questions, but I’ve begun to inquire about the individual’s “spiritual diets”.

You started attending church. Great!

You read scripture every day. Amazing!

You’re committed to praying every day. Fantastic!

Spiritually, the push-ups, sit-ups, and long runs through the neighborhood are on point.

The problem is, many of us haven’t done much to change our spiritual diet.

We’re still consuming junk.

Porn.

Gossip.

Toxic relationships.

Sleeping with our boyfriend or girlfriend.

The workout is there. The diet sucks.

The author of Hebrews encouraged us with this:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.”

Spiritual growth isn’t simply about the disciplines you add to your life. The things you remove are often the tipping point.

Husband to Jenn. Dad to Story, Journey, Asher. Lead pastor at First Christian Church, Canton.



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