Losing 12 inches in 30 minutes (or longer depending on your height)


Mom, why would anyone want to be shorter?

This was Caleb’s question when he noticed an advertisement. 

Lose 12 inches in 30 minutes.

Containing a smile, I explained the business was claiming to help people lose weight not height.

wheat field by the aucitron

Nevertheless, the thought was planted in my mind.

The possibility of losing height in only thirty minutes.

Not the stature you’re imagining.

Another type of elevation.  One that’s self-produced.  And unrelated to the inches on my measuring rod. 

clouds by the aucitron via flickr

This loftiness is grown heartily by watering the soil of pride. 

It peaks as I fertilize my inner sense of worth and right to self.

My prominence crests steadily with the absorption of a vainglorious rainfall.

A gluttonous self-love nourishes this haughtiness of mine.

wheat field 2 by the aucitron

It seems I’m due for a meeting with the Gardener.

A time for trimming and pruning. 

Maybe about twelve inches off the top. 

It always seems to take more than thirty minutes, though.

And it usually hurts.

Jesus Christ is always unyielding to my claim to my right to myself. The one essential element in all our Lord’s teaching about discipleship is abandon, no calculation, no trace of self-interest. (Disciples Indeed by Oswald Chambers)

About Cristal

Living life fully as the wife of one, a mother of two and follower of The One.
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18 Responses to Losing 12 inches in 30 minutes (or longer depending on your height)

  1. Dicky says:

    I like this post very much. Very inspiring.

  2. Love this post! And I hate to admit it, but many times I require more than 12 inches of pruning! I can be so prideful sometimes!!!

    • Cristal says:

      Mine shows up daily. And I have to remind myself often, “I don’t have that right.” Oh, and mines most often way more than 12 inches, Carrie.

  3. Vince Chough says:

    Anybody got a chainsaw?

    Great post Cristal. I loved Caleb’s question:)

  4. Great post! Love the Oswald Chambers quote – – he’s a favorite of mine. Painful pruning. But like getting my hair cut, I always feel so much lighter afterwards 🙂

    • Cristal says:

      Oswald Chambers is definitely one of my favorites, as well, Brooke. And I agree, pride can get pretty heavy. But, oh the freedom of having it removed!

  5. Desiray says:

    All I can say is out of the mouths of babes….Thank you for sharing this today with us..Great insight

  6. Judy says:

    Ouch…but true. And creatively communicated!

  7. jeremynoel says:

    Really enjoyed this! Amazing how our kids lead us to deep thinking haha. Great insights!

    • Cristal says:

      I often wonder if the main reasons I even have children is so that God can more easily speak to me! Even when disciplining them, I often sense God nudging me with a “You, too” and a prompting to examine my own life.

  8. Liz Mason says:

    Awesome post, so simple…so true, greatly needed. Thank you!

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