Lose the Weight
If you’re like me, as the year comes to a close, you might be preparing a list of goals or things you’d like to accomplish in the new year. For me, losing excess body weight is a goal that usually makes my list every year. The excitement of the new year always motivates me to work towards a lighter and healthier version of myself. And while there is nothing wrong with wanting to lose excess body weight, I believe there is something better to lose instead. So this new year instead of focusing on losing extra pounds, I am going to focus on losing the weight I picked up and began carrying in my soul over this last year and I want to encourage you to do the same.
Just like excess pounds that make your body heavy, the excess weight you carry on the inside weighs down your soul and makes you feel heavy. And just like excess pounds on your body, it is easy to pick up and carry unnecessary weight. And if you don’t lose it, year after year it will add up and eventually you will be very sick and unhealthy. A heavy soul feels burdened, weighed down and tired which makes life feel hard and miserable. I don’t know about you but with the new year approaching I don’t want to feel miserable and tired! I want to feel happy and excited for the year ahead! I want to have more fun and enjoyment in my life, don’t you?
So I am not going to wait until the new year begins to start losing the weight I picked up in my soul, I am starting now! The first thing I am going to do is take my weary and heavy soul straight to Jesus. Why? Because that’s what He instructed us to do! Jesus said, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).” I am going to pray to Jesus and ask Him to please help me lose the unnecessary weight I am carrying in my soul. I am going to ask Him to show me the source of my weight, how I picked it up and why. Then I am going to ask Him to teach me how to never pick it up again. I am going to tell Him I trust Him with the weight and I am going to release it into His hands to carry. I am going to ask Him for the strength and courage to move forward into the new year without it. And while this exchange is taking place, I am going to believe in the depths of my heart that the weight has already been lifted from me and is in His hands. And don’t worry, Jesus is not burdened by the weight you carry. He is happy to carry it for you so you can rest! He delights when we come to Him for help. The more heavy weight you lose, the more room there is in your soul for love, joy and peace which is easy and light to carry. Life will be more fun and enjoyable and who doesn’t want that!
Listen, don’t wait until the new year to begin losing weight. Turn to Jesus and start losing the weight you carry on the inside today! You deserve a lighter and healthier version of yourself and you deserve to be happy! This is one tried and true weight loss method that never fails!
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30