As some of you may know I am on a diet. Not one of the ‘going on holiday, need to look good in my holiday clothes’ types of diet. Though of course, I will. No, this is more the ‘sort your life out or else you will be really ill’ type of diets. I’ve been hovering in the prediabetic camp for years and my body recently decided to see what life was like on the other side and signed up as a fully paid up member of the diabetic club. My choice was to manage this by pills or try to diet my way back to a more healthy state of affairs. So far, I’ve lost about two and a half stone (in old money), and hopefully, more by the time you read this. Breakfast is porridge, (made in a pan you will be glad to know), lunch is a cuppa soup and an apple, my evening meal is a piece of chicken or fish and green vegetables. 800 calories each day for 12 weeks which will take me up to Easter Day. I’m doing this for my health, but it is helping me on my journey through Lent. When people ask what I’ve given up for Lent I just say, ‘everything!’ No cake, biscuits, crisps, chocolate, alcohol, potatoes or bread. But to be honest, though I do have cravings for the most bizarre things from time to time, usually associated with a TV advert, I’m not finding it too hard. I had to make a choice, and the diet was the better option of the two. I’m having less success with the things that I’m trying to do for Lent; extra time in prayer, more spiritual reading, more time being quiet before God. There always seems to be so much to do and time gets squeezed. Well, to be honest, God gets squeezed. I always find time for the TV show that I really like, or the novel that I have to try to finish because it’s so good. For years I fooled myself about my weight. I ‘carried it well’, I was ‘big boned’, I’ll lose it soon once I get back to the gym, that sort of thing. Then I got a wakeup call from my doctor and now I feel better, I am wearing clothes that have been in the back of my wardrobe for years and hopefully I’ll be healthier soon. I hope that I won’t need a wakeup call from God to spend more time with him, but it may come to that. Otherwise I need to knuckle down, turn off the TV and pray a bit more. And I know that when I do, I’ll feel better, happier and more fulfilled.
In these last few weeks of Lent, as we prepare for Easter Day, the day of Resurrection, what do you need to be doing? Do you need to give something up (giving up dieting springs to mind) or do you need to do something? What would make you a happier, healthier, more fulfilled
person? As Spring opens up around us, as we see the possibilities of new life everywhere we look, make sure you share in that new life. Make some space in your life. Say a prayer, read the bible, come to church, be kind to someone who needs your help. You know it makes sense and you will feel so much better. Whatever you do, may you have a blessed Easter and be filled with the life of the Risen Lord Jesus.