by Jeff Schreve

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S.H.A.P.E. Up and Ship Out (9 of 11)
Series: Why on Earth Am I Here?
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Romans 12:3-8

Well, after Christmas, something terrible happened to me. After all the holidays, I got on the scale and I couldn’t believe it. I stepped on the scale. I thought it must be wrong because that dial just kept on going. And it went past a certain number with a 2 and a couple of zeros. It went right past that number. I was like, “What! This is broken. What happened to this?” I have never been over 200 lbs. in my life. I was 202 lbs. My daughter calls me “202.” That’s her nickname for me, just “202.” It’s not “Dad” anymore. It’s “202.” And I just thought, Man, I can remember just a few years ago at Christmas I was 192. And I was thinking, Man, I've got to do something. I’m 192. Now 202! And I told Debbie, I said, “I have got to get in shape. I have got to lose about 10 lbs. because my pants are just shrinking in the closet. There’s just something wrong.” And, you know, I have a problem. My problem is I’m a dyslexic anorexic (laughter). I never think I’m fat enough. It’s just one of those things, you know, but that’s not good. And I want to lose about 10 lbs. and I want to get in better shape. I want to get a little leaner, and it takes diet and exercise to do that. And it’s important to be in shape. And because it takes work to do it physically, lots of people kind of let themselves get out of shape.

But, you know, just as it takes work to get in shape physically, and a lot of people don’t do it because it takes work, it takes some work to get in shape spiritually and to find your shape spiritually. Now, God has created each one of us, and He’s created each one of us special. The Bible says in Ephesians chapter 2 and verse 10, “We are His workmanship…” That word workmanship is where we get our English word poem. Poiema is the Greek word. His poem, His special masterpiece, that’s what you are. And God, as the Master Potter, has shaped you and fashioned you for ...

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