Can I start off by saying God is good y’all?
I have never been one for New Year’s Resolutions, but this past year, I decided that I would create goals for 2018. I decided that I would review these goals periodically, keep them at the forefront of my mind, and have the most productive year yet in so many ways!
Most of my goals were spiritual goals, and at the top of that spiritual goal list was making it a priority to write on my blog! I prayed that God would give me a message to write at least once a month, and He has far surpassed that as this is my third blog post since the new year began! And He has given me many more ideas… more blog posts in the making.
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20
He has given me so much more than what I could have asked or imagined, and I thank and praise Him!
Anyone that knows me personally knows that, in May 2017, fitness and healthy eating became a big part of my life. I began to exercise each day, researched healthy eating, and applied those needed changes to my diet.
These changes were sparked by one thing… simply being “fed up.”
I was tired of my weight issue and I was tired of how I was feeling. (I mean, if you eat a double-cheeseburger, you feel like a double-cheeseburger!) Instituting these changes gave me the results that I was looking for!
This progress picture shows the difference in one year… December 2016 to December 2017. It shows determination, dedication, persistence, endurance, hard work, and more tangibly, 31 pounds gone! It shows a healthier woman, a happier woman, a strong woman, a woman who can accomplish anything she puts her mind to accomplish!
And then came the conviction…
What?! Conviction?! Yeah… conviction.
Recently, I downloaded the Proverbs 31 First 5 app on my phone, and I’ve been doing the study entitled, Living Faith. Right now, the study is focused on 1 Timothy, and one of the verses hit the bulls-eye of my heart.
“Instead, train yourself to be godly. “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:7b-8
I instantly thought of how many hours I had spent researching fitness and nutrition, planning my workout sessions, completing those workout sessions, planning my meals, going to the grocery store, preparing these yummy and healthy meals… countless hours.
Then, I thought of how many hours of my day had been devoted to reading God’s Word, prayer, attending church services, attending Bible studies, listening to Biblical radio broadcasts or podcasts, encouraging others with the Word, etc… Sadly, I couldn’t add those activities up to hours… I had to settle for minutes.
Physical training is good… but training for godliness is much better… conviction…
Just like that… I became “fed up…”
And just like that… I decided right then to make a change. I realized that even something “good,” like being the healthiest version of myself, had become a god in my life. Kelly Minter says it best in her No Other Gods study:
“When our hearts are overly attached or dependent on lesser things, we crowd God out of our lives. It is impossible to serve God and gods.”
Kelly goes on to say:
“We don’t have to be craving evil things for an idol to be in the making; in fact, more often than not our desires are for perfectly good things.”
Perfectly good things becoming idols. Like fitness. Like nutrition. Like anything else that we put in God’s number one spot.
So, like any good planner and control-freak, I decided to make a workout of the day that guaranteed my spiritual success! The blueprint for it can be found in the same chapter in 1 Timothy 4…
“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” (verse 12)
And how do I know what I should say, the way that I should live, how I should love, how to exercise faith, and how to remain pure?
- By diving into God’s Word. Every morning. Every afternoon. Every night.
- By making prayer a priority and having an attitude of prayer throughout the day
- By surrounding myself with godly, Christian influences… people who will hold me accountable and make sure that I do the right thing and make the right choices
- By not only pouring over the Scriptures but by reading or listening to reputable Christian authors that will explain those Scriptures and help me grow as a Christian
I’m new at this, and I’m sure this spiritual WOD could use some tweaking and perfecting. But for now… this is what I’m going with, and if you’re like me and feel like you need to ramp up your Christian walk and your relationship with Christ, maybe this is a good start for you too.
All I know is… I’m fed up. It’s time to make some changes. I haven’t been and won’t be perfect, but I’ll definitely be persistent.