Throwing In the Towel

The Biggest Loser trainer said it was difficult maintaining a healthy lifestyle once you return to the real world

Acts 21:10-16

Reference: Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 21:13 NIV)

Explore: I recently interviewed one of the trainers from the Australian Biggest Loser. It was near the end of the season and the contestants were about to head home.

When we asked what the contestants could expect when they got home we were met with some disturbing news. The trainer said it was difficult maintaining a healthy lifestyle once you return to the real world because friends and family are usually the ones who sabotage the contestants the most.

While the contestant has made huge progress towards a healthy lifestyle, those back home have not, so it’s easy to slip into that negative cycle again. I’m sure, for the most part, their friends and family are not maliciously contributing to their downfall, its just that they haven’t learned any better.

Application: It seems that those closest to Paul were struggling with the progress that he was making. They weren’t jealous of the attention he was getting, but concerned that it would lead to trouble. However, Paul was so focused on his task that he was not to be distracted or waylaid.

While it is important to listen to the wisdom of others, it’s more essential for us to stick to our calling. This goes beyond our job or our hobbies. The reason Paul was so passionate was because his faith was his life. He lived and breathed it and if he couldn’t communicate Christ then he may as well be dead!

That is truly living. When you’re so dedicated to the cause that you are willing to literally put your life on the line for it. People will try to dissuade you, but my prayer is that you stay strong, as God can use us mightily when we rely on Him.

Prayer: Lord, may I receive the gift of determination and perseverance to serve You using the gifts and passion You have placed in my heart. Amen.

What is your passionate cause?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.