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Recently, I was wondering why my jeans were feeling a little tighter. I was hoping it was because I had been doing different exercises and my legs were stronger and getting a little bigger. That might be part of it, but I’m pretty sure it’s my winter chub settling in!

Spring, Summer and Fall are my favorite times to be outside, especially to ride my bike or walk. I’m one of the weird ones that like to work up a good sweat! Sweat out all of the nasty poisons in my body and breathe in the fresh air. Life is good!!

The stationary bike gets a break in the summer but is put to good use during the winter months. I was doing pretty well getting in a few rides a  week. Unfortunately, I began to slack in my exercise routine and now the chub is catching up with me. 

I think we all can agree that life is busy. Too many times this winter I’ve pushed working out aside to do other things. Bad idea!! Over the last couple of days, I’ve told myself, “Enough is enough! Step away from the cookies and go for a ride or walk!” I’m a slow learner and lack self-discipline with sweets. They are my weakness! But seriously, I’ve gained too much and it’s time to do something about it! Time to clean out the snack drawer and empty my chocolate secret hiding places!! Time to head to the bike instead of the refrigerator! It’s time!

Several times in the Gospel, people approached Christ asking what they needed to do to follow Him. One young ruler couldn’t handle His answer and walked away defeated and disappointed. You see, he did all the right things, said all the right things, kept all the commandments. Looking from the outside in, the young ruler was a good man and did many good things. But the one thing Christ asked him to do was incomprehensible. Jesus said, sell all our possessions, give your fortune to the poor and come follow me. But Lord, I can not, replied the young ruler. 

I’ve often wondered what was rolling around in his head at that moment. He may be thinking he’s done all the right things, why are you punishing me by telling me to sell everything I own, everything I’ve worked so hard for? I’ve said and done all the right things. Should I be allowed to keep my possessions? 

There lies the problem. The heart of the young ruler was still wrapped up in his possessions and not surrendered completely to Christ. He was doing all the right things for the wrong reason. In all you say and do, do for the glory of God. If you do anything for any other reason or purpose, it’s the wrong reason. 

My older brother was once a hot head teenage boy, and at times, got himself into scuffles. Being 6 years older than me, I learned what not to do to get grounded or have mom and dad upset with me.  Many of my life lessons are learned by seeing what not to do. Here, I’ve learned not to put my heart into worldly possessions or actions. I don’t want to walk away from Jesus with my heart in the wrong place. I want to walk towards and with Jesus. What does that look like for me? What, in my heart, do I cherish more than Him? What distraction chub do I need to get rid of?

At some point in our spiritual walk with Christ, we need to tell our distraction chub enough is enough. It’s time to do something different. It’s time to have a heart check and take a step closer to Jesus. In all I do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of Jesus. 

Truth be told, I didn’t make exercise a priority and now my winter chub is saying enough is enough. My distraction chub is saying enough is enough, I need me some Jesus!

“Whether you eat or drink, live your life in a way that glorifies and honors God.” 1 Cor. 10:31

Tonight, a very sweet, wise, follower of Christ friend, shared words of encouragement with me. She probably has no idea how powerful her words of encouragement were, but she helped shed some distraction chub and nudged me a step closer to Jesus. 

My friend, the winter and distraction chub have no power over you. The Jesus that lives in you, defeated Satan to return to this earth and send the Holy Spirit. That same Jesus power is within us to defeat our winter and distraction chub. Encourage one another and build each other up. 

Whether you eat or turn and make a beeline for the bike, live your life in such a way it glorifies God. From the littlest, non-noticed actions to the everyday routine of life, do it in such a way that encourages someone else and brings a bigger smile to Jesus’ face. He delights in you already. Join Him in His delight over you.

Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are shedding chub together, in Him. 

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