With a new book on the shelves, Mandisa recently sat down with Blogcritics Magazine. Here are highlights of the interview:
What is your passion in life?
My passion in life is to have a life on purpose, to make a difference. Iâ€™d like to be an example to those living with no reason.
What do you want the world to know most about you?
I serve a God who has saved me, redeemed me, and given my life purpose. I want to show people the joy that comes from living a life serving Jesus.
My message is twofold: Our bodies are temples, and we have to take care of them. This is a day to day struggle for me, and I overcome it meal by meal. It took me 30 years to get to this point. My weight will not disappear overnight. Whenever I face temptation, and overcome it, this allows me to overcome further temptation.
Second, we will not allow society to dictate who is beautiful. My beauty comes from within, and I will not put my life on hold until Iâ€™m a size 5. I live my life full force every day.
As a Christian artist in the 21st century, what lions are you facing?
There have been many who have come before me that have represented the Lord and who have condemned others. I have a relationship with Jesus, I donâ€™t judge or condemn. Weâ€™ll all face a judge at the end of life. His name will not be Mandisa. He has given me joy, and itâ€™s been amazing. I want them to know what I know â€” God is good all the time.
How does your faith help you overcome your weight issues?
When I face temptation, I rely on strength not my own. I quote Scripture when driving by Krispy Kreme. God provides a way out when tempted, through His word and prayer. He gives me the ability to get through this struggle.
Do you have a trainer?
No, but I have an exercise room in my house.
What do you eat?
Iâ€™ve been on many diets; I know what to do, fruits and veggies, no white flour or sugar. During some situations I choose poorly. Iâ€™m an emotional eater â€” it absolutely is an addiction. My substance is food. For others itâ€™s drugs or alcohol. My automatic propensity is to turn to food. Now, I turn to the Comforter instead.
Where do you wish to be in five years?
I love where I am right now. My life has purpose, I love my friends and family. In five years Iâ€™d like to be the picture of health. Iâ€™m thirty years old, Iâ€™d like this to be reflected on the outside as well.