Over the past year, my weight has crept back up. I know I need to do something about it but it is hard to change my eating habits. A couple of months ago I finally thought, I need to get bigger clothes, that is the answer. Time to get some ‘Fat Pants’. So, I have been trying to figure out how to come up with the funds to upsize my wardrobe. Then, this morning, I realized I have been chasing the wrong solution. What I really needed to do was work on my discipline in my eating habits. I have been dealing with the sin of gluttony, plain and simple. Rather than address the real issue, my answer was to make the sin more comfortable, aka put on my fat pants.
I think we can apply this to almost any area of sin in our lives. Maybe we have taken to drinking most everyday and maybe one or two too many. We justify it, we make it more comfortable by saying, I am not hurting anybody, I only drink at home, I don’t drink and drive, or I am under a lot of stress and this helps. But does it really? I might mask some of the struggle or pain but doesn’t really bring any relief or consolation. Only a solid relationship with Jesus Christ can bring is relief and consolation.
In the time of Jesus, the Jews had a lot of rules. If you do this then you must perform this reparation. Jesus came with a message of changing the heart and not just a do this and pay that kind of system. The penance model for atoning for our sin is valid and Jesus did not come to abolish that, rather he came to challenge us further, to have that change of heart that helps us to sin no more. Let us all pray that we can truly examine our consciences and see the areas where we are putting ‘fat pants’ on our sins rather than addressing the real issue. then through disciplined practices, we can make the changes to remove those sins from our lives.
I did buy one pair of ‘fat pants’ but I see now that a call to disciplined eating is what is called for and that is going well so far.