Watch out for the proverbial “rebound”!

Rebound

That word has some negative connotations as well as some positive ones. Here’s a few negative examples:

After a failed relationship, an “emotionally needy” person who immediately jumps into another relationship without much, if any, careful consideration is said to be “on the rebound.” Also, after dropping some pounds, many dieters “rebound” and put all the weight back on, plus more!

A couple of months ago, I completed a 16-week-long diet campaign in which I lost 30 lbs. I was pretty happy about that and tooted my horn a bit with three posts about the experience as a potential motivator for others. But, from past diet experiences, I also knew exactly what was coming down the road. It’s a given. The body, a wondrous, God-designed and God-created “biomachine” is always seeking equilibrium. Lose thirty pounds and the body will fight “tooth and nail” to get those highly desirable, fuel-source fat cells right back on.

Losing all that weight took some discipline and effort. During my diet, I avoided many of my favorite high-calorie snacks and meals. But once I reached my goal, I rationalized that I could relax the discipline, treat myself “here and there,” and still maintain my new weight. Well, you know the story. A little ice cream and a few chips “here and there” was slowly morphing back again into a regular habit. Thankfully, I continued to weigh myself daily after I had achieved my goal and a trend showing the consequences of my relaxed eating habits began to emerge on my iPhone’s health app’s weight graph (see photo above). Fluctuating a few pounds up and down around a target/maintenance weight is fine, but I was on a steep trajectory to Yo-Yo Diet Land. OK. No need to panic. I caught it early. I ramped up my exercise regimen and ramped down my increasingly careless and undisciplined eating habits.

Spiritual application

Christians are spiritually reborn in Jesus Christ and we have the Holy Spirit indwelling us, BUT we also still have our old sin natures and still live in a fallen world. There’s a spiritual battle going on around us every day and we can easily become neutralized and sidelined by the enemy. We’re always being tempted to “rebound” back to sin.

Just as a dieter (and former dieter) needs to hop on the scale each morning to gauge the stark truth about their physical weight, we need to get into God’s Word daily, which the Holy Spirit will use as a mirror to show us our true spiritual condition. Then there’s communing with the Lord throughout the day in prayer. There’s also worship with fellow believers at church on Sunday and admonition and exhortation from God’s Word from the pastor. I’m also grateful for my fellow believers here at WordPress for their exhortations and encouragement. In addition, my wife and I have a daily devotion time and we also provide “loving” (well, most of the time) feedback to each other about the reality of our spiritual condition.

Argh! Just like the unflattering data from the scale, that’s not always information that I enjoy, but I do need honesty regarding my walk with the Lord. Is there a fellow Christian in your life who encourages you and provides honest feedback? I could not stay on track with my health regimen without the honest feedback of our bathroom scale and I could not follow the Lord faithfully without daily Bible reading and communing with the Lord in prayer, and fellowshipping with other believers.

Postscript: Having discipline in our Christian walk is a good and necessary thing, but always keep in mind that our walk with the Lord is a relationship rather than a check-list.

“Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” – Hebrews 4:11-13

18 thoughts on “Watch out for the proverbial “rebound”!

    1. Thanks, Ryan! I appreciate your words. May our desire be for the Lord and may we hunger and thirst for His Word and for His righteousness rather than be zealous lawkeepers! God bless you, too!

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  1. This is fantastic, brother! There is such a great spiritual application of this, and I was really encouraged reading it. I’ve been placed on medication that makes food uninteresting as a side affect but I’m well aware that should my doctor decide to switch this I’ll be back in trouble 😂.

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    1. Thank you, sister! The Lord’s always bringing spiritual applications to mind via His Word and temporal circumstances. Hey, there’s a few people who would love to get ahold of that appetite suppressant!

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    1. Hey Jimmy! Yup, WFH again this morning and doing yard work now. Took a break after cutting half of backyard. Today is my wife’s birthday (64) but our oldest son and his family are coming over tomorrow to celebrate so I’ll be prepping. How’s your day going?

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      1. Happy Birthday to your wife! My day is going good, took my kids to see my parents while I’m also doing sermon prep; I’m way behind my steps today since I didn’t walk around my neighborhood to accomodate the schedule. Sounds like you have a morning that’s busy!

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      2. Thanks, brother! Yes, yesterday was busy and more of the same today, prepping for the crowd coming over for the birthday bash. Hope you have a good Saturday!

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  2. I just love this Tom. So true about the diet and most definitely about our walk with the Lord . We can deceive ourselves thinking that a slice of ricotta cake with coffee and some chips (fries😊) with our chicken burger will be ok only to find down the track, that our clothes no longer fit as snuggly as they used to ( and no…is not the new washing powder we are using shrinking the clothes. ) and so it is with our spiritual walk .
    Excellent Tom. Great read and a fantastic reminder to stop and examine ourselves spiritually and physically.
    Have a wonderful blessed weekend brother.

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    1. Thank you, Crissy! We can praise God for all the helps He provides on our journey and for His grace, mercy, patience, and forgiveness when we stumble. 🙂 Thank you and I hope the rest of your weekend is blessed as well!

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