“Daddy, will you go tubing with me?”

The past six months for me have been a whirlwind of financial uncertainties and spiritual revival. I was an absolute workaholic, but for the industry in which I worked, that was just the nature of the beast.  I am a Chef. We work all the time, we don’t call in sick..ever, we don’t take off for holidays, family events, or just because we need to “take a day”. Heck I even went back to work two days after my daughter was born, kind of leaving it all to my wife. Well one day this past summer, I showed up to work to find out I didn’t have a job anymore. Completely caught off guard; the first place I went was to my wife’s Church and Pastor. I say my “Wife’s” because I was always too busy for church. It was odd I didn’t even know the man but I was just drawn to do it. As I prayed with Pastor David Barfield, I felt a calmness come over me. Turns out, the pastor wasn’t even supposed to be in the office at that time, but I guess God had other plans. Right then was the start of my spiritual awakening and my path back to Jesus Christ, but I still had so many questions. So for months everything seemed to just work itself out, bills seemed to always get paid. Christmas was one of the best ever (even though we had so little money); He always provided. “Circumstances in our lives are opportunities for God’s works to be seen in our lives” (John 9:3 “…but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

So by now you are asking, “What does this have to do with Rob’s Biggest Losers”? A few weeks ago my wife mentioned it to me. I had heard of the contest before but wasn’t familiar with Rob’s story. While mulling over the decision to apply or not, my family took a trip to Maggie Valley to go snow tubing. My little girl asked me “Daddy, will you tube with me?”  then she looked worried and asked “Daddy, can you fit in the tube?” It broke my heart. At that point, I knew I had to get healthy–both for her and for myself. My own father died when I was a young adult, and I can’t imagine leaving her or my wife early because of my weight issues. I am going to be around to cheer at her soccer games, watch her graduate high school/college, and even one day walk her down the aisle–although the latter can wait as long as possible.

I have never felt more complete spiritually, so now I am focusing on my physical well-being.  I am thankful for the amazing people standing by me–my family, my Capstone Church Family in Anderson, and now Team Verdae Y.  The support has been so uplifting. Sorry for the long post, but once you know my story, you’ll know why I am working so hard for this. Weight loss and a healthier lifestyle is going to be another part of my amazing journey. I am certain that all things happen for a reason. If I hadn’t lost my job, I’d probably have had a stress-induced heart attack by now.  I know there is no way I would have even applied for RBL, so I am learning more and more to put my faith and trust in God. I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME!

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