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Biggest Loser Theology Part 2

Sustainable.

It’s a word I have found myself using a lot lately.  Although it does not sound that exciting or flashy, it is an important word to have in the back of your mind.  The Biggest Loser is just one of many different things that has had me thinking more about what things in my life are sustainable and what things are not.  For the contestants on the show, one of the biggest unknowns on the show is what will happen to them once they leave the ranch.   It is a whole different ballgame without the unique support and encouragement (or kick in the pants) from their trainers along with the camaraderie of their teammates.  (Read part one of Biggest Loser Theology here)

Biggest Loser Contestants

Biggest Loser Contestants

This is why having a plan that is sustainable is so important.  Having a compelling enough “why” behind it is also key (read part one of Biggest Loser Theology here).  If short term success can be grabbed, it is only valuable if it lasts.  Think about it.  If you went through a boot camp tailored to fix something in your life that you felt was lacking and experience quick results, that’s awesome!  However, fast forward months later.  In the event you are right back where you started, it would almost seem that you would be in a worse off position.  It would be defeating to know that you had everything to succeed, tasted it, but lost it.  Overall it is pretty easy to make a short term change, just go to a gym and see how packed they are in January.  A sustainable, lasting change, can be more difficult but much more rewarding.

Off the top of my head I’m thinking this could apply to time management, finances, and of course ministry (specifically discipleship).  What other things do you see thinking long term and being sustainable could apply to?

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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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