The thing I am thankful this year may seem like something I should never in a million years be thankful for. I am thankful for what would appear to be a humongous negative in my life. I am thankful for my weakness—especially my weakness for certain foods.

Most of the time, we are thankful for things that seem positive, feel-good things. We are thankful for health, vibrancy, energy, great relationships, a good job, and a great church. I am thankful for all of those things, as well.

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Certain Foods Drew Me To God’s Side

However, my weakness for foods made with sugar, flour and items, which turn into sugar in my body has taught me something I would have never learned any other way. I need God. He not only gives me life, He is life. However, He doesn’t just cause air to go in and out of my lungs, He gives me power.

If I had lost over 260 pound in my own strength, I would be bragging about it. I’d be telling you how great I was to have done this. Instead, if you have read anything I have written or listened to me talk or been in a coaching group with me, you will know I do not point to myself, but to the God I serve. He is the One who gets all the credit for anything positive I have ever done.

Surrender Is The Key

When I came to the end of my rope, weighing well over 430 pounds, I said, “God I’ve tried everything and I always go back to eating the foods I crave. I can’t do this. Right now, I surrender the foods I love specifically things made with sugar and flour to you. I need Your strength to walk this journey out. You know me. You know I can’t do this. Yet, I know to live and do Your work, I have to do this.”

In that moment, something changed. For the first time in my life, I really stopped trying and said, “God I’m doing this Your way, no matter what.”

It didn’t seem miraculous, but it was.

God’s Power Activated

At that moment I was not thankful for the albatross, which had hung around my neck all my life. I was not thankful for my weakness. Now, though, I see, my weakness drew me to Him. My weakness made me rely totally on His grace.

I relate so much to the Apostle Paul. This weakness keeps me in constant touch with my limitations, my humanity so I don’t get all high and mighty about my great feat.1 In reality, though, what my weakness did was allow me to experience Christ’s power activate in my life.

There was no doubt it was His power. I had tried everything on my own, even the monster fix of gastric bypass surgery. Nothing worked. I was headed back to super morbid obesity, when I finally realized my utter failure.

My Weakness Allows God To Take Over

Today, I do see my difficulties as an opportunity to sit back and let God’s strength take over. Every time it happens, I am stunned once again that the God of the Universe would care about me, would empower me.

Here’s how Paul describes what happened to Him. “So I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, ‘My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.’

“Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.”1

Now I see God’s plan all along was to use my weakness as a way to draw me closer to Him, for me to understand how much I need Him. I’m so hardheaded, it took a drastic problem to make me understand how beautiful a relationship with Him can be.

The Better Thing

I don’t have to do everything myself. I can rejoice in my weakness. See, when I’m pretending I can do everything myself without His help, I can only accomplish what is humanly possible. When I recognize all the power of the universe is available to me only when I stop pretending, then I can do what only God can do through me—the impossible.2

It’s really not something one has to ponder long to understand what the better thing is. I mean Jesus told Martha that Mary had chosen the better thing.3 Was it being concerned and trying to make everything perfect or was it relying on Jesus.

I’m no longer trying to live this life perfectly, I’m relying on a perfect God to live it through me.

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1 2 Cor. 7-10 MSG

2 Matt. 19:26 NKJV

3 Luke 10:38-42 NIV

Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. Her other books include: "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God".

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