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Working It Out Part III: The Butterfly Stage

We’ve all seen the Biggest Loser, most of us walking away inspired to get fit and live a healthier life style. Abby Rike’s story is no different; she talks of being cut off from the family and support she had left in her life only to be pushed to her body’s limit and to the point of injury. But her injury didn’t stop her – she kept going in the competition until she was cut and sent home. Even then, Abby never gave up – she kept working out and eating healthy. With help from trainers and nutritionists to lose the weight, she lost 100 lbs in the end!download movie The Visit now

She could not have done it alone though – and she is the first to tell you this. Despite being cut off from communication with the outside world, letters from family and friends along with the rare, but occasional allowed phone calls gave Abby the wings she needed to break from her cocoon and fly again. Her support from the other contestants got her through in between these much needed communications with her family.

And upon returning home, her family and friends support meant more to her than ever. All of this is meant to inspire and motivate all of us – reminding us that we can do it too! We can become healthier and find ourselves again!

But I wonder – can we all REALLY do what Abby did? She lost 100 lbs in a short time frame. She was given the chance to leave her home and lifestyle to do nothing but work out with amazing trainers all day. And even after going home, she opted to not go back to work being offered the chance to work out with some amazing trainers that donated their time to her. This would not be the case for the majority of us –Abby Rike was truly blessed with this opportunity.

While I’m not saying what she did is impossible – I am a strong believer that through Christ we can do anything – but, Abby’s circumstances were one in a million.

As for her closing notes: I was a little shocked by them! Her message throughout the book was inspirational and caring – her tone very quiet and subdued. The last few pages however, became very ‘preach-ey’ and passionate about her views and beliefs. Not once throughout the book does she preach or push her beliefs – but it seems like she was waiting until the very end to throw it at you as a last note.

So I caution you, if you have not read this book, to be prepared for the last few pages. Some of you will agree, others will not, but it is clear that she wanted her voice as a Christian heard.

“Working It Out” By Abby Rike – Our First Discussion Book

“He who learns must suffer. And in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our despair, against our own will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.”

–Aeschylus (From Chapter One, “Working It Out”)

"Working It Out" by Abby Rike

Every once in a while, I become stagnant in my faith. I don’t want to learn anything – I want instant wisdom and knowledge, just shot down from Heaven. I don’t want the experiences that lead to that understanding.

I want what Evan Baxter (the main character in the movie “Evan Almighty”) wanted.  But the questions that were posed to his family were:

“If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?”

But sometimes, we’re not given the chance to choose whether or not we want to learn. Sometimes we don’t get to see the Master’s plan and have the opportunity to opt out. But in every situation, we have the opportunity to choose how we are going to react.

We can curse and scream, we can become depressed, we can get angry – or we can give into what is certain to be the best outcome – listen to God. Listen knowing that what we are promised in Romans 8:28 is true:

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

That’s what Abby Rike did. That’s her story – her journey. She lost everything, struggled to deal with the life she was left with, but now inspires the rest of us and shares the lessons she has learned.

FROM THE BOOK:  “In 2006, Abby Rike lost the life she knew and loved when her husband and two young children were killed in a car accident. Devastated and numb, she shut down. For nearly three years she walked through life like a spectre, present in body only. As she descended, so did her health. Fortunately, Abby was not alone. She had loving parents, supportive friends, and a faith that continued to sustain her. Little by little she found the courage to return to life.
Joining The Biggest Loser proved a catalyst for the physical and emotional changes she needed to make. In fact, against all odds Abby gained strength, courage, wisdom, and continued her steadfast relationship with God. Instead of anger, she found herself slowly but steadily healing. She lost a hundred pounds but gained hope. In this riveting book, Abby tells her story–from her joyous life before the accident to the unbearable pain that followed it and her eventual emergence as a woman reinvigorated by her faith in God. Today Abby’s resilience and positivity are a testament to the power and importance of faith in the darkest hours.”

The book is very real and raw. It’s not ‘preacher-y’ – just honest in how she dealt with her deepest, darkest struggles and the faith it took to pull her out of the depths.

She tells her story in stages: The Caterpillar, the Cocoon and the Butterfly – this is how we are going to segment our discussions. Next week we will start with Part One: The Caterpillar Stage (Chapters 1-6).

I’m looking forward to walking with each of you through the pages of the book and discovering what lessons God has for me (and hopefully you, too!).


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