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This is what an 85 pound weight loss looks like on this blogger

28 Sep

This is what an 85 pound weightloss looks like on this blogger

Romans 6:15, “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.”

A reminder from God’s Word that our spiritual standing, with Christ and with our fellow humans, is under grace.

Lots of things in this world are under the law. Natural law, mainly.

Weight Watchers is under the law. You obey their guidelines, you lose weight. You stretch their guidelines and your body stretches too (smile).

Our yearly work evaluations (which we are doing at the office right now) are under law. You excel in your job, you get a good raise. If you disappear in the middle of too many workdays, most (or all) of your raise disappears, too.

You see where I am going with this. This world, under its present system, functions under the law in most cases. No one goes to their boss asking for grace so that everyone gets the same amount in their yearly raise.

Yet, in Christ, things are different. So we Christians need to live in the reality of that difference.

We are under grace in our relationship to Christ. He will never love us more nor less than He does at this moment.

We are under grace in our relationships with our fellow Christians. We will be with each other, under grace, for eternity. Let’s live that way already, shall we? Christ has bought us and set us free to live in love. The church should never be known as an institution that eats its young . . .

And finally, we are under grace in our relationships with unsaved people in the world. They don’t know that. So let’s tell them about grace . . .

Photo credit: Melissa Wells, iPhone photographer extraordinaire

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3 Responses to “This is what an 85 pound weight loss looks like on this blogger”

  1. Kathryn Christison September 28, 2012 at 9:38 AM #

    Mary, YOU need to go shopping for a smaller dress size!!!!! You look awesome, but I can’t see the new you in all that extra fabric. Careful or I’ll apply to Stacey London and Clint for that $5000 gift card 🙂
    Kat

    • Mary Gardner Martin September 28, 2012 at 11:33 PM #

      It’s funny, Kat, but I tried that dress on last month (it is an old classic from ten years ago) and I consciously decided not to wear it till I had lost more. It fits kind of funny in the hips so that it is just now comfortable there. I realize the rest of it is a bit big. I always seem to be too different sizes, top and bottom. (sigh). Love you!!!

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