“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)
Do you feel you are worth the arduous struggle to become healthier? How do you psych yourself up to desire a healthier lifestyle? Or do you need to? Are you happy with yourself the way you are now? Are you strong? Content? Energetic? Great!
It’s okay to have a waistline that’s slightly larger if you:
- have enough energy to walk upstairs without heavy breathing.
- chase your children all afternoon without needing a nap.
- if your skin radiates a healthy glow.
- aren’t sneaking in snacks when no one’s looking.
- aren’t giving in to friends who sabotage your healthy habits
- aren’t stressed, giving in to emotional eating.
You get the picture. True change always begins from the inside out. Women especially have a desire to please. So who are you pleasing, self or God? God wants us to live abundantly but He doesn’t want us to make food an idol either. (Exodus 20:3)
Some get healthy for the wrong reason: pride. “Oh look how great I am. I have a 22 inch waist, aren’t I a goddess?” If you felt you had to compete against a perfect human specimen and face comparison or embarrassment, why would you ever try???
Run your own race: (2 Timothy 4:7.) If someone strives to be the best they can be, God appreciates those intentions. Be happy how God created you, you don’t have to be thin! Few in this world look like Miss Universe. But be beautiful inside! A beauty who spews forth foul language isn’t beautiful in God’s eyes and that is what matters!
The question is, are you the best person you can be? Are you slacking off? Can you visualize yourself healthier? No human is perfect, only Jesus was and he’s experienced our weaknesses in his humanity. When Jesus was hungry and tempted by Satan, he resisted. How? By memorizing Scripture. Put on the entire armor of God. We must love Jesus more than food!
If my patients weren’t mentally ready for change, it wouldn’t happen. A health quest is tough enough without asking yourself if you really want to suffer through all the self-denial and discipline it demands. I’ve stated this illustration before: what one cherishes, one takes care of. You wouldn’t use your grandmother’s antique wedding dress to wipe bugs off windows, would you? No, you would place it in a protective box and cherish it. Isn’t your health more important than a thing? Cherish it!
I ask again: think you’re worth the struggle? Mentally ready? Then you’ve already declared that you’re worth the cost of the uphill battle, let nothing stop you; not sabotage, nor discouragement or temptations by Aunt Maude’s fudge cake. I promise you, once your body becomes healthy, you will walk by the donut aisle and head for the fruit in the supermarket. Your body will crave and cherish those beneficial nutrients rather than empty, sugary energy.
Becoming a New Creation inside and out is an exciting endeavor! It’s a fabulous feeling to conquer one’s demons and come out victorious. Remain in control and have a preplanned strategy when temptations strike:
- Memorize pertinent Scripture:
- Turn the channel when that tempting food commercial comes on
- Take a long walk when everyone eats dessert or go in the other room.
- Go brush your teeth or chew gum or a peppermint instead of eating
- Place your goal on the refrigerator.
Live vibrantly each day for you are special and worth the price Christ paid for you!