, Corbin, KY

January 28, 2013

Don’t grow weary

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — Every New Year is filled with resolutions. It is the one thing guaranteed to happen and I am pretty sure that losing weight is the number one resolution.

Losing weight is something that I have been involved in since 1989.

My goal I would rather describe as working at being a proper weight based upon height.

When I was a freshman in high school, I weighed 205 pounds. Not sure who started the ritual of listing the weight of football players, but that type of information is something that folks like to use in announcing a football player still today. Describing folks by their weight only works if you are in the NFL, and if you paid me millions of dollars, I wouldn’t care either.

My largest size ever was a 48 waist. I still have a couple pairs of jeans that I look at from time to time to remind me of what I have accomplished over time. My weight loss plan has been a long journey, and it is a road I am still traveling.

For some reason or another, I love potatoes and bread and those two items I just haven’t been able to totally eliminate from my diet. There was a time that I drank many a soda but over the years, I have been able to continually eliminate those with one exception. For some reason or another when I go to my parents’ home, I find it very difficult to not drink a RC or Squirt.

There is something about goals, plans and commitments that are just not easy. As I think about resolutions, and losing weight, I am thinking about the good feelings that come from results.

There is no substitute for hard work. Sacrifice is the requirement to achieve and change comes from the dedication to make things different.

Growing up as a child, I remember well the choir from the First Free Will Baptist Church in Warren, Mich. Each Sunday they would sing “Each Step I Take.” It sounds probably way too simple but the truth is impressions can often be long lasting and I have never forgotten the Christian lessons of that song.

In my journey as a Christian, I have looked down the long road of life many times. I have looked for the proper turns and watching for the sharp curves in life too.

Learning to take one step at a time is a great way to being a long journey.

One of the lines from “Each Step I Take” says, I know He leads the way. One of the great things about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the confidence that comes from learning about Him and that He will lead. The big issue with this truth is that most of us want to be the leader and not the follower.

With all that I have written in this column, there are many things that could be taken away and implemented in our lives that could make a real difference.

For one, as a Christian I have learned that journeys can be both long and short. For the long haul there must be a real commitment and if we continue to push and strive, Galatians 6:9 will work just fine.

“Don’t grow weary in doing good, and in due season you will reap if you faint not.”

2013 may be the beginning of your journey or just another mile. No matter the situation, make it count. Until then...