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Josh Griffin

Chris Farley in Tommy Boy is the epitome of how I have felt about myself for a long time. I felt down on myself cause I struggled with who I am and where I was going in a while. I didn’t truly value myself like I should. I didn’t see my value in Christ.

Right now I am down 13lbs since I started dieting a short while ago. I realize my weight has nothing to do with my value, but it has a lot to do with how I see myself.

I started dieting about 4.5 weeks ago because I recognized a few things.
1. My weight was getting in the way of seeing Gods value in me.
2. My wife is working hard on being in the best shape of her life.
3. Youth Ministry easily leads you to eating terrible foods (pizza, chocolate bars, chips, pop, fries, burgers…oh I miss these things)
4. I was not looking so hot, unless someone looks at overweight bearded youth pastors and thinks to themselves “Oh YEAH!”

God values me as a creation of His. I am very good! He sent Jesus to die on a cross for me because He loves me exactly how I am. Whether I am my current weight or 100lbs heavier. But at the same time, God didn’t make this body so I can trash it. He made it so I can use it for his purpose, and like any tool you gotta take care of it or it doesn’t work very well.

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I will be honest, I also have to take better care of myself because my wife works hard to take care of herself. My body is also partially hers, and I know she doesn’t want her part to be mostly fat. So I am working on myself as a gift to her.

As pastors and leaders in churches, we often forget about our bodies and the physical bodies of the people we call “the body of Christ”. I hope we can correct that. I hope we can start to see the body as a tool to be used for God’s glory and that we try to keep it up.

I know some people will always struggle with weight (myself included). Some of us will not have the time to hit the gym so we can look like Ryan Reynolds or Hugh Jackman, we will look a lot more like Seth Rogen or Billy Crystal. But that’s not the point! The point is we need to take strides to take care of this physical body so we can take care of the body of the church.

Kyle Corbin is a youth pastor/blogger would writes over on the Simple Ministry site. Check him out!

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  • Josh says:

    I really enjoyed this post. I have recently dropped about 50 pounds and run a little over 3 miles a day plus lift at night. When I was looking for a church I had friend tell me that alot of times churches will put much stock in how you look. I was overweight and out of shape and began too see there was a lot of truth in what he said. Sadly I think there were times that my weight kept churches from persuing me further. I even had a church or two make jokes about my weight. The truth is we need to take care of ourselves like you said and our bodies. Often it seems so much easier to blame it on our ministry, when we truly need to just take the blame ourselves and do something about it.

  • Geoff Stewart says:

    Thanks for this post, I attended SYMC and felt a real sense of conviction around the physical state of some of us in youth ministry including myself. I am not a little guy but at 225lbs but at SYMC I felt small and that was not good. I worship God in so many areas but find that honouring him in how I treat my body is a struggle.

    Out of curiosity, what was the motivation for your post?


    • Kyle says:

      Thanks guys! I feel it is really important to talk about. My motivation for the post was I have been thinking about it because I am actively working on losing weight and feel convicted by God to take care of myself. Getting it posted on MTDB was due to the fact I watch the podcast and knew Josh was working on weight loss as well. I figured he had a great platform and thought we could work together to encourage one another.

      @Geoff Stewart- are you the pastor at peace portal alliance? If so we met at missions fest in Vancouver(I am the youth pastor from North Vancouver) If so we should get together for coffee sometime.

  • Josh Griffin Josh Griffin says:

    Up down, up down … settled right at 300lbs right now. Good post for me … I’ve got one brewing, too …


  • Geoff Stewart says:

    @Kyle – Thanks for posting this – its a challenge that a lot of us need to hear. As for being for PPAC – that is me – email me and we will grab a bevy geoffs@peaceportalalliance.com

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