Just Enough

I don’t know how many of you try the new diet fads that seem to sweep through our culture with abundant regularity. I usually ignore them for a couple reasons. One reason is that I have never been very successful at dieting. Don’t get me wrong. I can go for weeks following the details of a diet. But I end up with almost zero results. I don’t lose weight like most people do when calories are cut. Thankfully, I don’t gain wait very easily or quickly either. So I can’t complain too much. I have weighed within 10 pounds of what I weigh right now since high school. The other reason I avoid these diet plans is because all the hype leaves me feeling a little less than convinced. I am not a “fad follower” so the more something seems like the current rage, the less interested I become.

That being said, Joel came home recently telling me about this “eating plan” (code name for diet) that he would like to try. It is comprised of 5 days of eating normally–not gorging, but eating roughly 2,000 to 3,000 calories–and 2 days of near fasting–eating 500 to 600 calories. The draw, of course, is that you only have to really suffer through 2 days of what might feel like dieting and you can eat normally the other days. And, of course, a myriad of testimonials confirm its success. Lose weight, feel good, and only suffer 2 out of 7 days! Now that’s irresistible!

My reading in A.W. Tozer’s Man: The Dwelling Place of God this morningĀ  gave me pause as I considered the similarities in our desire for God and our desire to “eat right.” We want to know God, and feel good with the least amount of inconvenience and suffering possible. Recently I was discussing with one of my closest friends what holds us back from pursuing God wholeheartedly. I shared with her that I had been asking God, “Why am I afraid of you?” She candidly responded, “I know why I’m afraid! Because of Corrie Ten Boom; that’s why.” Her honesty really struck me. How true it is for so many of us, even if we aren’t aware or won’t admit it. We want God, but not bad enough to abandon ourselves to Him regardless of personal consequence. We want just enough of God to feel good, just enough to satiate the emptiness. What we don’t want is upheaval, suffering, or tragedy. What we want is a 2 day diet and a 5 day feast.

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