What does it take to move a mountain? Making a monumental change seems like a daunting task. No matter what the mountain looks like that needs to be moved, it many times overwhelms and paralyzes us into a state of inactivity.
It seems too difficult to climb, go around or tunnel through. The inactivity towards change makes the mountain loom larger and larger and larger.
Time has a way of enlarging the improbable to be utterly impossible. What looks big today, will look gigantic a year from now and monumental 10 years from now. The longer it sits without movement, the bigger it grows at least in our mind.
Without action, the mountain won’t be removed, changed or eradicated overnight. For instance, if your mountain is extreme weight loss of more than 100 pounds, you won’t lose it overnight just because you restrict your food intake for a few months.
What has to happen for health to be restored is a course correction, a subtle but meaningful shift. It starts in the mind with the way you view food. Food is fuel for your body to perform the tasks you have been assigned to carry out on this earth.
To lose weight, you must change your perspective of why you eat. You have to decide that you will eat to live rather than live to eat. This subtle play on words makes a big impact when implemented and adopted completely.
This subtle shift has to be acted upon so you no longer eat things based on how they look, smell or taste. You no longer eat them just because you crave them.
Your brain must be rewired to think about why you eat certain things, what your body needs for optimal performance and how you will feel in the long-run, rather than your stomach’s immediate pleasure.
Up to this point, these subtle shifts are imperceptible because they are all occurring in your brain, redirecting your thoughts so eventually your feelings about food change. Then your behaviors will follow suit because you have allowed God to reprogram you.
Blasting away at the mountain and expecting it to crumble immediately doesn’t really work.
It takes persistent faith to move a mountain. If you have even the tiniest bit of faith you can say to the mountain move and it will move.1 The time frame for mountain moving isn’t described.
You think it means immediately because that’s just the type of society you live in. You want things done instantly. Speaking to the mountain,1 though, takes first convincing one’s self that the mountain can be moved.
God already believes it. You don’t have to convince Him. Most prayers for mountain-moving focus on convincing God the mountain needs to be moved. He already told you how to move it. He gave you the key.
It takes acting in faith for mountains to move. The shifts will be subtle as you begin to work consistently and persistently with faith and effort toward your goal of monumental change.
There is not a recognizable difference when a 430-pound person loses a pound or even 10 or 30 pounds. It takes a loss of about 50 pounds before any change is really perceived by another person.
If you are the one losing weight you feel it, though. Your clothes begin to fit differently. You can sit better in chairs. You move the seat in your car a little closer to the steering wheel.
You’ve done the subtle shift in your mind of juxtaposing words. You said and continue to say, “I am eating to live, not living to eat.”
It seemed like a small thing at the time, but this time you believe it. This time you mean it and you are backing it up with faith and actions.
You are putting trust in God, not to do it for you, but to sustain you while you move the mountain.
These slight alternations in how you think will eventually result in an astounding difference in your life.
One day you’ll be looking through old pictures of yourself and you won’t believe the change that has happened in just a few years.
You will go to your closet to get your favorite shirt from last year and realize it hangs on you now and needs to be given away.
You put on a new pair of jeans that were too small six months ago so you put them in the back of your drawer. Now, they are too big and you didn’t even get to wear them.
You see a video of yourself sitting beside someone you think of as skinny and you are as small or smaller.
The mountain has moved when you weren’t cognitively aware of the movement.
The ease of the movement cannot be attributed to your own self-effort, though. It was through the power of the Holy Spirit, that same power that raised Christ from dead.2
He supported you when you put your faith to action. It was Him working through you, but you were cooperating with Him.
There’s no better feeling that knowing that you were obedient in joining with the mountain-moving God of the universe.
Subtle shifts; monumental changes.
And you are transformed.3
1 Matthew 17:20
2 Romans 8:11
3 Romans 12:1-2
Teresa Shields Parker is a wife, mother, business owner, life group leader, speaker and author of Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor and Sweet Grace Study Guide: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Overcome Sugar Addiction. Get a free chapter of her memoir on her blog at Teresa Shields Parker.com. Connect with her there or on her Facebook page.