Lessons from “The Biggest Loser”

The Biggest Loser

One of my favorite TV shows just ended its season. I find The Biggest Loser inspiring and I love to watch the transformations (inner and outer) in each of the contestants. You know how it is with reality TV shows: you get to know the people and you feel as though you know them. So you don’t understand why they won’t reply to your emails or take your calls… (just kidding!)

Anyway, my favorite person on the show was Mellow Michelle. She has a sweet, gentle demeanor and never made an enemy (more than I can say for Icky Vicky). She had come on the show with her mother, with whom she’d had a 5-6 year rift. Dealing with all the emotions that had risen to the surface, she came to a point where she wanted to leave the show. Sometimes that is so true in our lives. When God exposes our “stuff” so that it can be dealt with, it’s so overwhelming that we want to run and hide. I’m so glad Michelle stuck it out and stayed because she ended up winning. She was the biggest loser, losing almost half of her original body weight. You go, girl! Imagine what would’ve happened (or not) if she’d given in to her emotions and quit when she felt like it! Makes me wonder how many success stories and “happy-ever-after” endings were subverted because we didn’t hang in there.

Losing is sometimes winning. It certainly was for Michelle, in more ways than one. Jesus says “whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matt. 10:39).  I wanna be the biggest loser!


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