Attitudes: Entitlement and the Value of NUMBERs in This Journey


When I create the audios and the videos, God speaks truth into MY life through the process. It reminds me of what is true and how great my God is. He uses my rambling on to you to remind me yet again of what is true and what He wants from me.

I hope that when I create the audios and the videos that you will have yet another modality for learning the stuff that God may want you to know. I hope that he uses it to breathe over you an enveloping peace, a saturating sense of his love, and a call to press on–to pursue holiness and excellence.

You may not agree with everything I say, but I do so hope that you will sense his invitation to intimacy with him and that he wants to use this struggle with food and eating as a forum in your life for a wonderful adventure of dependence on him.

This week, God has used my video and audio creating time to really minister to me. Does that sound just so selfish? As I speak the truth that he has given to me, then as I listen and evaluate, delete, re-record–whatever the process may be–he again and again bathes my mind with the truth. I hope it works that way for you as you listen or watch.

And if it is helpful to you to download the files and put them on your iPod to play, go right ahead and do that. I sure hope that doesn’t sound self-aggrandizing. I don’t mean it that way at all. I just know that, at least for me, every way possible that I can to create a way to bathe my mind with truth, is another step toward renewing my mind and experiencing the transformation promised in Romans 12:2.

This week, we looked at the premium we place on our appearance or weight loss in this journey. Barb has really gotten to the heart of a very important issue. I have an audio here talking about some thoughts I have about this aspect of our journeys. Just so you know, I am experimenting with a plug-in microphone, so I apologize for the fuzziness…the microphone was TOO close to my mouth for part of the recordings…I will improve on that in the future.

Appearance Eating

Entitlement is a poison that can taint our pursuit of godly character. It affects not only my eating, but my relationships as well. In this audio, I share some of the things that God laid on my heart about entitlement. I have found that this is a perfect example of how God uses this journey about food, eating and my body to show me character qualities he wants to build into my life generally and I invite you to consider that may be the very purpose he has us on this course.

Entitlement Eating

How about you? What connection do you see between what God is doing in the realm of eating, weight, how you view food and your body and growing you into Christlike character on a broader scale? What is God showing you about this connection?

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8 Responses to Attitudes: Entitlement and the Value of NUMBERs in This Journey

  1. Dalena Acton March 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    WOW!!! What a powerful, wonderful message!! First of all, just LOVE the picture of the scale and the words on it! Makes me want to go write those on my scale right now!!!!!!!!!!!! And then, your message. another WOW!! Heidi, you are SO amazing!!!!! and so wonderfully used by God in my life! Thank you!!!! (am I correct, there is no audio this time?) Heidi, I have a ? to ask you. It’s come up from the study I’m leading. Do I ask it here, via the way I’m sending this reply to you? Blessings! Dalena

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    • Heidi Bylsma March 23, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

      Hi, Dalena. You can post it here or you can email me. I am pretty sure you have at LEAST one email address for me! LOL! Thanks for your kind words, too, Dalena. I so appreciate it. Really, I do! There were two audios (no videos) for today’s blog. I wanted to separate them since it was so long.

  2. Michelle March 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    The sense of Entitlement talk hit home with me today. It is the perfect reminder I needed. I asked myself do I want to quit as I’ve been struggling for a long time to go all the way on my weight loss journey. It was an awesome reminder that God is using this process for me as I work to get my weight off. God is doing this work in me! I think he has a plan to get me to grow closer to Him, more reliant on Him, and to teach me to grow to be more like Christ. I dont want to quit and before now, wasn’t quite sure why. Thank you for showing and reminding me again!!!

    • Heidi Bylsma March 25, 2013 at 5:45 am #

      Oh, Michelle! Thank you for saying so! Yes, this is about so much more…and that video shares the so much more. I am so thankful to Barb for her insights!

  3. CMK March 25, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    This was perfect timing for me to encourage perseverance! Also, I definitely relate to the entitlement eating. When I ask myself if am I looking for glory from other people, I sadly have to answer yes. I think back to the days (related to the “past successes” part also) when I easily dropped weight and I remember all the comments that people said about me being skinny. Also, with swim season approaching, I feel the familiar panic of having to be in a bathing suit all summer….But, this work with God is what is important! Thanks for reminding us to look at the truths vs. lies.

    • Heidi Bylsma March 25, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

      Hi, CMK. You are not alone. I think a lot of people can identify. God is doing a new thing in us, helping us to see things differently. I am so glad that this is true!

  4. N March 26, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    Amen, sister. This is so inspirational and “on point” for where I’m at right now. My accountabilty partner and i just spoke at lunch about how this “journey” and teaching with food affects all other areas of our life. Although, we admitted this was a good thing, we also felt that it’s kind of overwhelming because we feel convicted and called to apply these things in so many areas of our life — work, parenting, marital relationships etc. etc. We have to keep reminding ourselves not to get distracted and to be centered in God. Also, I weigh in once a week for a reality check. This week, I felt called to skip a week, so again, very on point. I’m looking for validation on the scale instead of from God. And, I’m seeing an entitlement attitude in all my relationships, not just the one with food. Very good, very convicting stuff. Thank you for devoting the time and effort!

    • Heidi Bylsma March 26, 2013 at 11:30 am #

      Wow, N. What a wonderful, tender heart you have for the LORD! I wish I could say the same for me. It sounds like you have a great accountability partner, too. AWESOME! Proud of you for skipping this week’s weigh in. Most of the time we know how we are doing weight wise anyhow…I wonder sometimes why I check the scale and typically it has to do with wanting to see if I got away with something. Sounds crazy, I know. LOL!

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