I know I have not posted in a while. Work has kept me super busy! However, A few updates. First, about my no-sugar diet that I started last year. Don’t worry, I’m still off sugar and NOT going back. After all, why go back to a bad habit like smoking, drinking, or sugar? It just does not make sense. But, people do it everyday. I call that addiction. Anyway, since my weight was not moving any lower, and I’m still about 30 lbs overweight, I decided to look at various types of fasting after watching a video (See below). I highly recommend y’all go check it out. The short version is that fasting, by far, is the fastest, easiest, and even safest way to lose weight. Nowadays, of course, if you say you are skipping meals or days of eating, people will often question you… and warn you of losing muscle mass, possibly passing out or even dying! Why do we believe this? Why do we think our crazy diets are better than common sense? Because no one makes money when you stop eating…so companies work hard to make sure that it is not considered a solid option for weight loss. Watch the video below for more information or look into the book, The Obesity Code.
As I mentioned, The last three or four months have been keeping me working non stop. In the third chapter of Ecclesiastes, it talks about how our life is full of seasons. Right now, I find myself in the season of working. Six to seven day workweeks have sapped my time, making it nigh impossible for any free writing. After such a prolonged period of work, I find myself occasionally wondering what I work for. Sometimes, in moments of depression, I may even ask about the purpose of life.
Yet, as trying as these times test me, other face strong tests. Nabeel Qureshi, a speaker for RZIM, recently lost a long battle with cancer. A younger man with a wife and child, Nabeel found himself to question the purpose of life, and even his faith, in light of such dire circumstances. It was during one of those times that he penned high thoughts about these things. Please take a few moments to read it. Click on the image below to see it in full resolution.
Reading it brought tears to my eyes. And with those tears, I refocused. Nabeel reminded me of the reason for living, and for dying. We exist to glorify the Lord who gave His life so that we may have life eternal. And while I work non-stop, I read this and remind myself that I work as onto the Lord.
Among other things, this reminded me the importance of finding ways to bring my thoughts back to God daily, even if I simply listen to a faith based podcast on the drive to work. It reminded me of finding ways, no matter how busy, to love others and speak life into their day, which cost little time. It reminded me the importance to thank God for each and every day given to me.
Do not let life, with all of its demands, force you to forget the reason for life, and the reason for the hope that we have. It is easy to do…whether we are busy with jobs, or walking through the darkest valleys of life.