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June 13, 2014

Heartfelt confessions of a pastor

What I’m about to share with you isn’t filled with scripture verses and quotes from spiritual giants. Instead it’s from the heart, and I pray it helps you.

Part of the role I have as a pastor is to steer others toward God’s best for their life. This typically comes in the following ways:Spiritual (A healthy spirit within)Relational (The healthy relationships we have)Emotional (The healthy feelings we experience)Mental (A healthy thought life)Financial (A healthy stewardship of money)Physical (A healthy stewardship of the body)Here’s the thing I’ve noticed about myself — I have made a huge effort to steer others toward a healthy spiritual, relational, emotional, mental and financial life, but not the physical life.

Why?The answer is simple. I’ve not steered myself toward a healthy physical life.

As I look back on the last 20 years of my life, I can see a clear path that I was walking. Unfortunately, as I zoom out, I realize that path actually became a circle. I’ve been walking in circles for years — doing the same things over and over again, but expecting different results. We all know what that means: I’m crazy (but please keep reading).

In this circle, I noticed three distinct areas that I not only stop at, but revisit on my way back around the circle. What are they?The Circle of Death1. Denial — The dictionary defines denial as disbelief in the existence or reality of a thing.

That’s exactly where I parked myself on the circle at times. I didn’t believe in the reality that I was overweight or unhealthy. When it would come up, I would deny it over and over again.2. Ignorance — I believe there are two kinds of ignorance: innocent ignorance and willful ignorance. Let me give you my definitions of these.

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