If you’re trying to lose weight, it may be time to go to the mattress! In a University of Chicago study of overweight adults who were following a balanced, restricted-calorie diet, subjects lost 55 percent more weight as fat (almost two pounds) after two weeks when they slept for 8.5 hours each night, compared with a period of sleeping only 5.5 hours. When you’re short on shut-eye, study authors say, your body produces more ghrelin, one of the hunger hormones, and with less rest, you set yourself up to pack on the pounds!
In the same way, if you take time to “rest” in the Lord, you can also lose some “weight” – all those heavy burdens you’ve been struggling to carry around on your own for so long. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 This is a gracious invitation from Jesus to all who would want to experience the relief, joy, and the blessings of His life through a grace/faith relationship with Him. For those without the Savior, it’s to a call to believe in Him. For those who are already believers, it’s a call to follow him as a committed disciple; a call to completely turn our lives over to Him. So won’t you join me? It’s time to go to the mattress, get some rest, and lose some weight!!!