You have friends and family who love you but do not understand your problems with weight.
You have put everyone in your life on “the list”…but you have yet to truly put yourself on it.
Your children watch you overeat / shame / repeat daily, and it kills you to think about the truth of that.
You truly think losing weight will save your marriage or keep your husband faithful.
You eat because you feel guilty; problem is, you feel guilty about everything.
You go to bed determined and ready to start over! But then you wake up…
You think your weight is the reason your children have lost respect for you.
You have an addiction to sugar and food.
You eat because you are lonely. Or bored. Or mad. Or feel like your life is out of control.
It’s easier to talk about eating than it is to talk about drinking; but eating is not your only issue.
You are in pain. Not just physically, either.
But since we’re listing things, wanna know what else I believe???
There is far, far, far more to you than a number on a scale.
You are blessed beyond measure and have more to live for than most people.
You would do just about anything to be around another 50 years, even if your husband drives you crazy!
You were born with willpower; it was inherent in you…you’ve just learned to ignore it.
You don’t really hate yourself like you think you do.
Even if was years ago, you’d have to admit that on more than one occasion you’ve looked in the mirror and thought, “daaaamn, girl!”
The jeans that you keep at the back of your closet as your “goal jeans” are hideous, out of style, and should be thrown away. You know it, and I know it.
When your friends invite you over, it isn’t to look at your thighs or size up your weight, it’s to hear your stories and listen to your laugh and be near you.
You are someone’s very best friend.
You are the life of the party, the light in the room, and the heart of your home.
I believe there was a woman, who lived thousands of years ago, named Esther. And I believe, according to the Scripture in Esther 4, a man, a prophet named Mordecai, whom she trusted, sent a message to her with these words…
Mordecai sent her this message: “Don’t think that just because you live in the king’s house, you’re the one Jew who will get out of this alive. If you persist in staying silent at a time like this, help and deliverance will arrive for the Jews from someplace else; but you and your family will be wiped out. Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this.”
I believe those words can be very confusing when not read thousands of years ago, because it’s a pretty long story, but also, his name was Mordecai, and so that automatically makes it kind of weird. So, allow me to translate. Here is the Melissa version (God, don’t strike me dead)…
Melissa sent her this email: “Don’t think that just because your life looks good on the outside that the hopelessness and helplessness you sometimes feel on the inside can go unchecked. If you continue to do what you’ve always done - you are going to get what you’ve always gotten. And you know who that will affect? You. Your family. Your daughter. Your marriage. Your son. Your grandbabies. You think this is just about your weight? Oh, honey, no. And who knows? Maybe you and I are right here, reading this email, right now, for such a time as this.”
I believe it might be time. For me and for you.
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