You’ve got to be kidding me! There has to be something wrong with these scales! Maybe the battery is low, maybe the bathroom floor is uneven, could it be the extra bracelet I was wearing, maybe the way I was standing on them, the dangling earrings, the way I boofed my hair….. I mean hair product has to weigh something right?!?!? I looked at the number on the digital screen and shook my head in disgust. Then I proceeded to do just what I have done so many times before…. I removed the dangling earrings, took off the cuff bracelet, repositioned the scales, undressed and weighed myself once more. To my surprise they didn’t even bulge. Frustrated and full of anger, I went into my room began to re-dress, slid on my high-heels, and headed out the front door slamming it fiercely behind me. Ughhh!
I Am So Much More Than A Number
I allowed the number on those scales to dictate my morning, send my day into an unholy tizzy and haunt my mind like a stray yard dog with a frenzy of insecurities and distorted thoughts of worthlessness. I felt shackled to those scales, when the number had went up even by half an ounce, I had been oh so fickle with my self-worth, denying who I truly was in Christ and granting Satan the power to use them to attack at my self-confidence.
For so long, I had chosen to believe the enemy's lies: you’re not smart enough, pretty enough, you’ll never lose the weight, you might as well give up in defeat…. Not anymore! Those scales had been my "go to." I had run to them for affirmation in the morning, noon time and even before bedtime. I had shamefully and sinfully stood on them more than I had stood on the promises of God! It was almost as if I were having an affair with the bathroom scales. I came to realize that my bad habit had to go. It was time for me to take a stand against the enemy, pull out my dragon slaying weapons, go to fighting through the power of Jesus, and take a hold once and for all of the enemy's lies, sending them right back to the pits of Hell where they came from!
R.I.P. Bathroom Scales: Goodbye Bad Habits
A sledge-hammer! I needed a sledge-hammer, or maybe I could just run over the scales with our vehicle, bury them in the back of the woods, I would dress for the occasion slip on my finest black jogging pants, grab a box of Kleenex to hold back my tears of grief, gather around the hole in the ground, bury them three feet deep within the soil, and sing a song of mourning in my best opera voice as I slowly covered them up. Whatever I decided, I knew they had to go.
.... AND within the blink of an eye they were gone, kaput, aidos, sayonara, so long, gone! I promise you the act of getting rid of those scales was not nearly as eventful as this drama queen just described, but I removed them from my home.
You see, I Beverly Weeks, REFUSED to place my self-worth in the numbers found on my bathroom scale, my checking or savings account or on what others think of me. It was time for me to remind myself that I am a child of the most high God. I am significant, I am fearfully and wonderfully made, I am the apple of my Father’s Eye, I am beautiful, qualified, called, I am all that MY GOD says I am!
Is God Calling You To Let Go Of Some Bad Habits?
You may be there now. Pornography, gossiping, food addiction, alcohol, drugs, lying, cutting…. You have tried all you can do, done all that is within your power, you’ve failed and you feel defeated. You see firsthand the pain it’s causing your family, spouse, loved ones, friends; you ache, you weep in distress just longing to be set free. I am confident that God wants you to be free, He is calling you to let go…….
L- Learn that it’s not by your power, or even willpower, but only through THE POWER of Christ living within you that you will be able to overcome any addiction. No matter what the circumstance, if you try to do it on your own might and self-control, you will fail.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. ~Philippians 4:13
E- Educate yourself on ways to be victorious over your addiction through godly resources, biblical counseling, and church support groups and take small baby steps to exercise your faith. Perhaps it is even time for you to pick up the phone and find out when the next support group meeting is or tell your drinking buddy that you're going to stop drinking. I believe God wants us to step out in faith and take action.
T- Trust in God. If you are battling with an addiction ask for God’s help in overcoming it and He will provide. I had to lay down my pride. I’m here to tell you that our God knows exactly what you are going through and He knows what you need! There has NEVER been a time in your life that God didn’t know what you need. We need to reach out to God and allow Him to have POWER over the addiction that is ravaging your body and soul, and sending your mind in a whirlwind frenzy. If you continue to hold on tight to the addiction, God will not take it away from you – you have to want to give it to Him! Desire to change….
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
G- Give all your setbacks, past failures, disappointments to God and lay them at His feet.
O –Obedience To God which comes first through prayer and by reading His Word; His Word encourages you to surround yourself with godly people who will encourage and lift you up.
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