Written by cycleguy on September 3rd, 2021

I’m pretty sure that you, like me, have used some phrases with regularity. Phrases like “Things are not always as they seem.”  “Looks can be deceiving.” “You can’t judge a book by its cover.”

Tragically, many of us do not see ourselves as we truly are. It’s a game we play with ourselves and with others.  I remember back in 2003 I visited the doctor and he was unhappy with my numbers. After seeing them I had to admit they were high. Too high. So was my weight. I weighed in at 233 pounds. Now, I’m 6’5″ so I can carry that weight(so I told myself). I was also lifting weights, almost daily at the local high school, so I was also pretty solid.  But what I didn’t see was the growing middle section of my torso. After all, when one looks into the mirror he doesn’t normally look at that; he/she looks at what they like. The doctor set me straight. Lose weight or go on meds. In two months I lost 20 pounds and my numbers came tumbling down. I liked it so well I dropped to 200 which is where I was in May of 2004 at a significant event in my life. (I also had no muscle since all I did was ride and never lifted a weight. But that is another story).

Point: I never saw myself as the doctor saw me.  I lied to myself that I was healthy because I was big and muscular. 

We do that same thing in our walk with Christ. It is much easier to hide behind the facade and pretend we are someone we are not or pretend we are more than we are. It is like we are living in a permanent cosplay performance.  The road to being like Jesus begins with realizing who Jesus is and then who He desires us to be.

My sermon Sunday is from Mark 9 where we find the great story of the Transfiguration and it ends with an appeal from Jesus to be like children. I’d like to invite you to join me this Sunday at 9 and 10:45 in person or live stream.  If you are unable to make it, would you mind saying a prayer for us please? Thanks.


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. I am really looking forward to Sunday’s message, Bill.

  2. Ed says:

    Unfortunately my Doc told me the same thing. No medications yet.. though I was already doing my time at the gym. Still at the same weight. Diet is the key part. I did cut out almost all sugary stuff.. soda is long gone.

    I still have some kinks left, but can’t do anything without Jesus!
    Looking forward to sitting in on Sunday!

  3. I know I do not see myself as the doctor does. He would classify me as non-compliant, not willing to follow all his orders such as lose some weight. I know I need to but it’s so hard. So glad you are doing what they say, guess I better become a better patient instead of a stubborn old women. I am back to walking every other day so getting some of my strength back, slowly. I usually justify my weight by saying, fat is a filler, better than Botox and cheaper. Amazing how we lie to ourselves. Good post, conviction but good.

    • cycleguy says:

      Thanks Betty. So true about how we lie to ourselves. Can’t say I ever heard that “fat is a filler” thing. Glad you are back to walking every other day. It is amazing how quickly exercise helps one feel better.