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Friday, December 17, 2010

Spiritual Belt

I have a confession to make . . . I lose weight, then gain it back. Lose it again and gain it back again. I have a belt to prove it.

The belt has not one, but three notches that are well worn. Sometimes I come very close to throwing the belt away, but hold on to it because it's one of my favorites. When I am at my last notch I realize how close I am to losing the belt for good. When I am smaller and three notches into the belt, I smile as I remember I am not where I used to be  . . . larger.

If I had a spiritual belt, I wonder what it would look like? It think it would look the same as the belt I wear. Sometimes I am lazy, sluggish, and distracted. It is at these times I began to realize that I am getting near to losing something very special -- a close relationship with my Heavenly Father. When I am lean, focused and dedicated, I look at the last notch and realize I'm not where I used to be.

As the holiday season continues to march into my life to the tune of the March of the Toy Soldiers from The Nutcracker, I find myself looking at menus, marking the calendar with Christmas parties, and planning time in the kitchen to bake. I have to be very careful not to allow myself to get to the last notch of my belt, less I have to put it aside. The same with my spiritual belt, with the holidays, I don't need to get wrapped in food, fun, and parties but need to remember what the holiday season really means.

This year I am pulling my belt tighter -- "Only one piece of pie please. Yes, the small one will do" -- and spending quiet moments reflecting, praying, and thanking God for His love and most of all His gift to us, His Son Jesus.

What would your spiritual belt look like?

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  1. Great application, Beth. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Loved your analogy...boy, can I relate! We are to put on the belt of Truth. Who is that Truth? Jesus! He gets so lost in all the hoopla - it frustrates me to no end. But, I am just as guilty (sigh). Thank you for reminding us of our ever-changing relationship and the fact that the discipline required is on us - not Him.

    Hope you are doing well. We are still unpacking, looking for things, going crazy and totally rejoicing in being back home in our mountains. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  3. Great post Beth. Unfortunately, both my spiritual and physical belt could benefit from a tighter fit, each requiring more discipline on my part. Look out 2011!