“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
A New Year means a new start. You’re determined – this year is the year you’ll be healthier. This year you won’t cave before a pepperoni pizza or chocolate cake graven image. It’s kale everything from now on, you declare! God will be so pleased when He sees you are suffering to obtain perfection. Not!
But eventually, when you find yourself giving in to temptation you consider yourself a failure and announce, “Oh if only I could be instantly thin!”
Well if I had a magic wand and could make you instantly thin, I still wouldn’t do it.
“Why, that’s mean,” you protest.
Think I’m mean? Not really. For example, you could certainly lose weight by starving or on a boxed food program. But without knowing how to prepare your first meal after you reached your goal weight, I promise you the pounds will gradually reappear.
Time and experience teaches, instant gratification does not. The process is so much more important than the progress you make!
The process educates:
- it teaches us to slow down, savoring our food
- how physiology relates to cravings
- how we can control our emotions when challenges arise
- to strategize correctly during certain situations
- and what it’s like to feel successful because you did it without gimmicks!
Don’t you always want to feel proud that you conquered these challenges? No one else lives in your body but you. No one else can make you healthy but you.
Education teaches, instant gratification doesn’t. How many times has the latest sports rookie signed on to a team for a small fortune, only to lose that fortune to fast cars, drugs, gambling or something else. How many lottery winners go through all their money in a few years and wind up unemployed and homeless? And don’t get me started on those young actors or actresses who face jail time because they don’t realize how fortunate they are and feel they are above the law. Too much, too soon! They never learned the process of control. The reward came instantly before the self-discipline took hold and controlled their actions.
The same factor pertains to weight loss. Successful gradual goals will earn long term success, not instant gratification.
Christ didn’t rely on instant gratification although he could have. He knew that as God, He came to earth to live as a man. It’s important to remember that He experienced hunger, heat, discouragement, betrayal, heartache, suffering and everything we are tested with. But He endured, conquered all of those obstacles and triumphed! He understands what you are going through too. He realizes it’s challenging to discipline yourself to do the right thing. But it did it for us, return the favor.
This week start out with small goals: walk a half mile today, tomorrow an entire mile. Drink four glasses of water today, tomorrow six. Select and bring home from the store only good fruits, vegetables good fats and lean meats this week.
Everyone must start somewhere, so choose to start today! It’s your choice – choose to begin and end sensibly. Be proud of becoming a New Creation for Christ in 2017!
“Therefore prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (1 Peter 1:13)