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 “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
Matthew 17:20

Some challenges in life beg you to jump over them. “Shoot for the moon!” they say, “Reach for the stars!” And, with one flying leap, you know you will most likely fly right over them.

 Then there are the other ones – the challenges that spread so wide, stand so tall and run so deep into your life that they become part of you. You try to climb them, you try to hike around them, but eventually, defeated, you settle at the bottom and start building a tent.

This is how I feel about my eating disorder, a daunting peak that has towered over my life since I was 15. Friends, doctors and psychologists have helped acknowledge it, improve it and even climb around it. But I’ve never believed I could move it, and so sometimes I’ve just settled for accepting that this is just how it’s going to be.

Do you ever have mountains like that?

That’s why this scripture inspires me. This scripture teaches something different … God wants to move my mountain, like pick it up and shove it out! And it’s actually way more simple than I realize. It doesn’t take tedious willpower or enormous strength, it takes faith- that is, the certainty that what I hope for will happen (Hebrews 11:1).

 Okay, so how in the world do I do that? How do I believe confidently that the most challenging things in my life can change? Luckily God has an answer for that too – scriptures (Romans 10:17).  I decided that throughout the day I’m going to work to memorize Romans 12:1 to change and overcome my eating disorder.  It’s so simple but it’s powerful – as soon as that scripture goes through my head I want to be healthy, strong and treat my body well . It challenges my thoughts and changes my heart in ways I could never will myself to do no matter how hard I’ve tried. The scripture changes me, and my mountain is starting to move.

  • What are the mountains in your life?
  • What do you need to do to get the faith that God can move those mountains?
Amy Query

Amy Query is an editor of BACC Inspire and avid reader. She studied psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and has over a decade of experience in mentoring, counseling and community organizing. Amy makes a mean hamdilla (quesadilla + ham).

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