David Brown, Ken Paves
I remember watching The Biggest Loser makeover week episodes of seasons past with a pint of ice cream or bag of chips in my lap. I would be inspired in the moment, genuinely happy for the contestants and their transformations, but knowing deep down that would never be me. I couldn't visualize myself being able to do any of the things the people on this show routinely do; workouts, challenges and the incredible consistency of eating right and exercising daily. I couldn't picture myself disciplined enough, consistent enough, worthy enough.... and when hope fades, "blindness" sets in.
It took years for the blind spot to block my visions of hope. I had lost something of myself more valuable than gold. "Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see." (Hebrews 11:1) See we all place our faith in something, and I had been investing mine in the wrong things. I needed to "see" again.
Certain things shake me with their inspiring qualities. One of those things is the African gazelle. I'm in awe of their natural ability to springs ten feet in the air, powerfully and gracefully leaping some 30 feet at a time. Yet even with this natural ability, African gazelle's are contained at your local zoo by a wall usually under 6 feet tall. Gazelles won't jump if they can't see where they are going to land. And sometimes that's the way it is for us too. Too many failures to believe you can finally succeed. Too big an issue to see a way out. Too far gone to find a way back. Too little faith to take a step when you can't see the path in front of you. A blind spot.
My middle daughter Mackenzie had a dream about me, perhaps you saw it mentioned on the show. She saw me having been faithful with small steps over time, at the end of a path, and in a state of being the happiest and healthiest she had ever seen me. She showed me an old picture of me and her mom in college, so I had a very clear picture of what she saw for me. It was the first time I had been able to see over my own "wall" in as long as I could remember. Thanks to my remaining faith and Mackenzie's dream, I had been given my sight back... What a difference a year can make when you are willing to jump again.
This season I watched my own Biggest Loser makeover. I see again. I see where the tiniest amount of hope can change horizons, how a "dream" can give new life to faded vision, and how a little faith can lead to amazing transformations. My sincere hope today is to continually help others do what Mackenzie did for me, to see again. Having experienced what it takes to "jump walls" and leave behind the blind spots, I know you can experience it too.... And seeing is believing.