Address the real issue.

2990C3A8-0A2D-405A-ACC6-34144975E4F8You know why I am overweight? It’s because I eat too much and I don’t exercise enough.  Period.

It has nothing to do with my work schedule, nothing to do with not making good choices, nothing to do with my energy level, nothing to do with my kids or my wife or my life. I just eat too much and I don’t exercise enough.

I’m not grossly overweight. Last year I lost 20 pounds that I’ve managed to keep off, so right now I’m hanging out around 225 pounds. I don’t look bad and I’m generally healthy. But I still know that I’m overweight. You know what makes it OK in my mind?  The fact that I have about 10 excuses I can lean very quickly that make sense.

But isn’t that the problem? Those excuses give me license to ignore the real issue.

If I just dealt with the real issue from the beginning, I wouldn’t have to worry about being overweight.

I started thinking about other areas in my life. Am I really working my best at building a relationship with God and my family, exploring new frontiers, stretching myself and developing others through my experiences?

I’ve got to address these questions and the only way I can think to do that is to be truly brutally honest with myself.  Sometimes, I don’t do things because I’m afraid. Sometimes, I don’t do things because I’m afraid my wife is going to be afraid. Sometimes, I don’t do things because I’m lazy and I get comfortable. I make a good living, shouldn’t I be happy where I am?  Is it right for me to even want to do something different or to do more?  A lot of people would love to be doing what I am doing today, does that make me ungrateful I want to do more?  I’m not really sure, but I know I’ve got to address these issues if I want to answer the questions above.

I’m just not sure what that looks like yet.

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