Saturday, March 29, 2008



Thanks to all who have been praying for me about my diet. I wanted to inform you all that it has been going well. My last day of my diet is April 9th, so just around the corner!

On April the 10th, I will reveal to all publicly on this blog how much I weigh on that day, according to my bathroom scale. When I started this diet, my bathroom scale said 272 (yikes!).

Not anymore. The Lord has been good to me, and to us. Please pray that I would stick with it for the remaining days through April the 9th.

The main event will be held on my blog on April the 10th!


Jnorm888 said...

Congrats on your loss of weight.


Josh Brisby said...

Thanks JNorm!

Gospel.or.Death said...

I can't help it, I have to say it.

Being at a good, healthy weight is not righteous. (Though it is wise.) Christ is our ONLY righteousness.

I just thought I'd say that. Because of course, being overweight, while not good for your health, is not a sin. In our culture, this is not commonly understood, because everyone thinks that to be overweight is the most impious, most shameless state a human being can be in. People in our culture see someone who is overweight, and they are even more repulsed than they are by a prostitute, and have no qualms about making rude and hurtful comments to them, even though they don't know all the facts, they don't know the whole story. To be sure, the biggest sinners according to our culture are those who are overweight, or those who smoke. And why? Because why wouldn't you want to live absolutely as long as possible? Why wouldn't you be terrified of death, why wouldn't you be looking to cheat death as much as science and medical technology will allow?

But like I said, our only righteousness is the work of Christ on our behalf. That is how we are judged to be righteous before God. God will not condemn the overweight or the smoker, but he will condemn the sinner. And there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. So if God doesn't condemn those in Christ, how can we, no matter what they do? So let us not condemn ourselves, even if we struggle with our weight or some other unhealthy thing. To love our neighbor is hard enough.

But like I said, it is wise.

Anyway, congrats, and watch out for the fresh-off-the-diet monster, that is, hunger unleashed.

Please excuse the soap-boxing.

Josh Brisby said...

Gospel Or Death,

Your soap-boxing is always welcome here at The Reformed Oasis, brother! I am in 100% agreement with everything you said.

Having said that, as a married man, my weight was causing my wife to worry and it was hurting her sanctification. Because of that, I was sinning--not by being overweight, but by causing my wife to worry.

But indeed, Christ is our only righteousness, and the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

100% agreement with you brother!