Irene Sax is an award-winning cookbook author, food critic and food writer whose work is often syndicated. One of her best known articles, run in the huge Newsday newspaper, was a feature on Jean Nidetch. Nidetch was a 214 pound housewife who met a friend in the supermarket, telling her how good she looked and asking her when the baby was due. Not pregnant, Nidetch allowed this to motivate her into action. She went to the New York Department of Health to get a diet plan to treat her obesity. She was losing a little weight, but it was when she decided to invite six other overweight women to her apartment that everything changed. The meeting was a hit and snowballed into the global success and household name, Weight Watchers. Over a million people in 24 countries are members of the nearly half-century-old program.
Nidetch told Sax how she succeeded with Weight Watchers. When she was a teenager, Nidetch crossed a park where young mothers were sitting and talking together while their toddlers just sat in swings with nobody pushing them. Nidetch would give them a push. She said, “And you know what happens when you push a kid on a swing? Pretty soon he’s pumping, doing it himself. That’s what my role in life is–I’m there to give others a push” (Irene Sax, Newsday Inc., n/d, and Nanci Hellmich, USA Today, 3/27/10).
One purpose for our assembling together as the church is to “consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (Heb. 10:24). God knew that we would all need a push–to do what is right and stay away from what is wrong. We can get stagnant and stuck when we try to go it alone. But, God has given us each other. As we each battle Satan, we need each other’s help (cf. Eph. 6:10-17). With your help, I stand a better chance of resisting the devil (Jas. 4:7; 1 Pet. 5:9). Find a brother or sister, get behind them, and push!