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“Biggest Loser” Theology Part 1

Pay attention, you can always learn something.

It is pretty obvious to that who you surround yourself with makes a big difference.  Not only that, but everything else that you expose yourself to can also have an impact whether it be music, TV, movies, or social media and blogs.  There are times when it can be a running joke about how ridiculous the latest reality show can be.  I get it.  If you would have told me 5 years ago that there would be enough interest to warrant a show about auctioning off storage containers I would have laughed..at the idea of course, not you.  Recently, however, I’m seeing that something can be learned from just about anyone.  Some times it can be from what a person is doing really well, or on the other hand a lesson can be learned by other’s mistakes.  I have heard it said that a wise man learns from his mistakes, but a wiser man learns from the mistakes of others.  One example of learning from an unlikely source for me has been the inspiring show, the Biggest Loser…

TV Show/Competition

TV Show/Competition

There is one big idea that I have already gained from watching just a couple episodes of this show:

Without a “why” there is no way

It can be said for many things, but as humans we are driven by and motivated by values and beliefs that are deeper than the rest.  Everyone on the Biggest Loser show did not casually show up because it might be something cool to do.  One man was in a car wreck and his kid was injured because his front seat failed and slammed into his son.  He felt that his son’s injuries could have been avoided if he did not weigh so much.  Others were confronted with the harsh reality that they will likely die soon, if they continue on their current path.  I do not know about you but those are pretty solid reasons and motivations to have a purpose behind taking action.  No wonder they are putting themselves through this brutal process of life change.

Everyone has a “why” behind their actions, they may not be the most logical or the best, but it is there nonetheless.  Are we happy with the “why” and the driving force behind the decisions that we make?  Are our lives driven by a purpose that honors God, or by other selfish motives?  Not an easy question, I invite you to wrestle with that question with me.

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Have some swag!

Just a little over a week ago Katelyn and I were able go, last minute, to a Cincinnati Reds playoff game.  Stub Hub had tickets that were the same price as a movie ticket, so it seemed crazy to pass them up.  Especially when considering we’ve never been to a playoff game and it was Game 5 against the Giants, a final do or die game.  All year the Reds had been a great team, boasting the best home record in baseball, while also never losing 3 games in a row on their home field.  So in this best of 5 series, the Reds won the first two games in San Francisco and were now home to play 3 straight games, only needing to win one of them to seal the deal.

Coming into the whole experience, it was exciting to think we could see a very rare accomplishment happen among over 40,000 other fans.  I also have to admit that at the same time, I was very aware of the high risk high reward situation we were in.  This was going to be the biggest win of the year or the worst loss, no middle ground.

Throughout the whole game, basically every time that something didn’t go our way, the energy just left the stadium.  It was amazing how a single hit could silence an entire stadium that was made up of 98% of Reds fans.  It seemed as if everyone was thinking, “Here we go, I knew this would happen.”  Or, “Of course the Reds would be the first ones to lose 3 home games in a row…”   The players themselves were fighting hard and playing hard, but towards the end their body language definitely looked defeated as well.  It is easy to look down on that whole scene…but can I say I’d respond differently 100% of the time? Not a chance.

After thinking about all of this, I also got to thinking about how as Christians we can be guilty of the same thing.  When things aren’t looking on the up and up we can get down on ourselves or the church in general.  We are imperfect people and since the Church is made up of  forgiven, imperfect people, there will be reason to be discouraged at times.  Having said that, I was very recently reminded that the Church was established by God and he sent the Holy Spirit to empower us to be who we were created to be.  If that’s really the case, then we should have some swag! Knowing that the Spirit is living in us, if you are a follower of Jesus, should give us a healthy confidence to accomplish the mission. This purpose is to spread the hope and love found in Christ to our families and communities.

When the creator of the universe is on our side and he has given us power through his Spirit to be an encouragement to others, we should expect to win!  I think this lack of trust and confidence that we have in God and in ourselves causes us to not reach our full potential too often.  I’d love to hear what you guys think about it!

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