Written by Becky Scott
I think I’ve finally figured out why Thin Within works when other approaches have never worked for me for any length of time. It’s because God works. Grace works. It isn’t up to me, my strength, my self-discipline, or my willpower. If it was, I could never do it. Sure, I can white-knuckle a diet program for a while, maybe even a few months. But I face food every day. There’s no short-term fix for this lifelong problem. It has to be something permanent, and only One is permanent. The Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.
Why did it take so long for me to get that? Throughout the Bible, we are reassured of God’s power and strength.
“Be exalted in your strength, LORD; we will sing and praise your might.” Psalm 22:19.
We are encouraged to give Him our worries…
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”-1 Peter 5:7
To share our burdens with Him…
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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
That He will do the work in us…
That we can be weak, and His power will be made perfect…
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
And yet, I wasted over half my life NOT taking my weight problem and food obsession to Him.
I thought the problem was too big to be conquered.
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20b
I thought it was too small for Him to care about…
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke 12:6-7
I was ashamed…
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 12:2
The truth is, I did believe those Scriptures. But there was one I wasn’t ready to believe:
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works so that NO ONE CAN BOAST.” Ephesians 2:8-9, (emphasis mine).
Maybe, just maybe, all those reasons I had for going it alone weren’t really reasons at all. Maybe they were excuses to pursue a more prideful path. Because you see, if I let God do the work, then He gets the glory. OUCH! What a blow to my pride! You mean I don’t get to brag and boast about all my effort? I don’t get to bask in all the accolades?
Nope, I don’t. Transformation is up to Him. My job is obedience.
President Harry S. Truman is famous for saying,
“The buck stops here!”
But my favorite quote of his is this one: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” Wow! Was I really so greedy about getting credit that I stayed obese rather than let GOD have it?
Yes, yes I was.
That’s not easy to admit. But there you have it.
One of the wonderful facets of Thin Within Workbook Study is that it gets me into the Word. And there I am reminded that I am His workmanship. That the Father created me and the Son purchased me for a terrible price. I am not my own.
I need that reminder every day.
How about you? Has pride kept you from allowing God do an amazing transformation in you? Are you ready to accept that this work is His and not your own? Do you want to take back the reins and handle this thing on your own? Or are you willing to be patient as He does HIS work?
Becky lives and works in West Des Moines, Iowa. Her wonderful husband, Steve and she have been married 25 years. They have three kids- a 13 year old boy and 11 1/2 year old twin girls. Becky loves to read, take long walks, dance (Zumba!), travel and encourage others.