By Blogger Linda Ross
A few years ago when my husband and I were new in town, one of the first questions a neighbor asked me was, “How do you do it?” Seeing my puzzled look she noted that we were both grandmothers, but my figure was one of someone younger. I struggled with my weight growing up. As a teenager and young adult many were the diets I had tried. Then over 30 years ago my approach changed.
Instead of trying to stop a bad habit – in this case over-eating – I focused on adding a good habit. In response to a temptation, Jesus answered by saying it takes more than bread to sustain life. In other words, to me the lesson was that as it is necessary to eat every day, so it is just as important to take in spirituality too. Here was a good habit to add to my life!
Finding myself much heavier than I had ever been after the birth of my first child, I decided to adopt a daily diet of spirituality. For me that meant in addition to a regular Bible study, I added an inspirational article. My weight eventually normalized as did my eating habits, though that was not where I was placing my attention.
Occasionally in the decades since I have revisited this lesson when finding myself stuck in difficult circumstances or wanting to overcome negative personal tendencies that crop up. I’ve learned that with New Year’s (or any time) resolutions, a consistent spiritual practice helps them stick!
Linda Ross is a Christian Science Practitioner living in Connecticut.