In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. Matthew 23:28
It was 5:30 AM on a January morning when I stepped out of my warm car and was greeted by the frigid Midwestern air. I grabbed the door handle and thought that the steel door handle was so cold that my hand might stick to it. The first time my brand new running shoes hit the ground they had no idea what was in store for them. On that cold January morning I began what would become one of the greatest achievements of my life, losing weight.
My reasoning for wanting to lose weight wasn’t because I wanted to be healthier or live longer, but simply because I wanted to look better. I wanted to be happy with the way I looked when people posted a picture of me on Facebook or when I finished getting ready in the morning.
One of the first things that I had to change when I began my weight loss journey was what I allowed in my body. Whoppers for lunch were replaced by healthy soup. Sugary sodas were replaced by a large jug of water. And in between meal snacks went from chips to 100 calorie packs. I kept record of every single thing I ate and would make sure to stay within the boundaries that I had set. After three years of running and dieting I hit the 75 pound mark. It wouldn’t have been possible without the boundaries I had put in place.
In Matthew 23:28 we find Jesus calling the Pharisees out; but it also applies to us. So many times in our lives we let things into our lives that aren’t good for us. We watch a television show that is filled with garbage or listen to music that is laced with colorful language and we become like the world. When we only allow good and Christ-honoring things into our hearts and minds, we become more like Christ. Just like with my battle with losing weight I had to stop allowing the junk into my body; we should do the same with our entertainment. When we stop letting the media put junk in our lives…our walk with Christ will turn into a sprint after Him.