Thursday, January 21, 2010

How the Biggest Loser Is A Lot Like Church

Gotta admit, I'm a big (pun intended) fan of the Biggest Loser. My wife and I have only a few shows that we watch religiously ... and that's one of them. I'm not sure why, but when I watched this past Tuesday night, I began to notice some similarities between The Biggest Loser and Church:

1. They're reaching people who are hurting. Let's be honest ... you don't get to be 400 pounds unless there's been some pain in your life. They've learned to use food to mask their emotional pain. (As a church, we need to search out those who are hurting. Sometimes they'll come to us ... most of the time we need to go to them.)

2. The show offers hope. You see others who have been dramatically overweight, but who are healthy now. They share their stories. They talk about how different their lives are now. (As a church, we need to be willing to share our individual stories. What has Jesus done for us? What difference has He made in our lives? What have we been delivered from? Tell other people what Jesus has done in our life!)

3. You have to "Trust the Process." One of the signs in the gym reads "Trust the Process." If being healthy were easy, everyone would be doing it. It's not easy. It takes work. But, if you put in the time (Trust the Process) you'll see results. (As a church we need to realize that salvation is free, but satisfaction is something you have to work for. If you want to grow and serve and reach others ... you gotta work at it. It's not just going to happen. You have to pray. You have to be in the Bible. You have to be intentional about serving and being kind and sharing your faith. You have to work at those things).

4. They're stronger as a group than as individuals. Part of the reason the show works so well is that there is a group of people with a common mission ... let's help each other lose weight. (As a church, we have to be there for each other, supporting each other, and being like-minded, on the same mission.)

5. There's a lot of crying. My word, I don't think any show has more crying on it than the Biggest Loser ... and, most of those tears happen when people finally begin to realize what they are missing in life and what has driven them to the unhealthy place they are now. (As a church we better have tissues at the altar. When confronted with our own sinfulness sometimes there's nothing left to do but cry. The awesome thing is that the Holy Spirit convicts us to build us up, not tear us down.)

6. There are successes and failures. Not everyone is a success story from the show. Some have put the weight back on. (As a church, sometimes people will fall ... sometimes feelings will be hurt ... sometimes we'll let people down. It's unfortunate, but true.)

7. The trainers rock. Like 'em or not, Bob and Jillian get the job done. They push, they motivate, they use different tactics with different people, they live it out, and they believe in their message. (As a church, we all need leaders who will build in to our lives and motivate us to go further than we think we can go and to know us and what we need at different times in our lives and to cry with us and celebrate with us.)

I knew there was a reason why I liked that show!

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