I love to organize. Do you? Have you noticed that it’s much more fun to develop a plan than it is to carry it out? There’s something creative and energizing about dreaming up what you want to do, but the day-to-day grind of working out all the details and actually finishing some project isn’t nearly so captivating. I am sure one reason I enjoy blogging is that writing discreet essays on various subjects is much easier than planning and completing an entire book.
The same is true of working on weight loss. Planning a diet that might work is the fun part. Actually dieting is never fun, or easy, and it’s always tempting to just give up and go back to the age-old strategies of trying to “eat less and enjoy it more” or simply “watching what we eat” (which—if you’re like me—never works for long enough). At Calvary, our pastor is teaching on the book of Hebrews, and I was very inspired by his thoughts on Hebrews 10:32-36, where he discussed strategies for how to get past the hard times on our spiritual journeys when we feel like we just can’t (or don’t want to) keep going. I’ve extrapolated some from his thoughts, but let me share a few ideas. When you’re weary and want to quit~
*Look Back: “Call to remembrance the former days…” (Hebrews 10:32). Remember what it was like before you resolved to change. What was it like? Why did you decide to change? I recall that I’ve been overweight for more than 10 years, and that it’s not only negatively affected my energy level but also the way I feel about myself.
*Look Up: “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me” (Isaiah 46:9) God has always been, He has always loved us, and He always desires our best. If we’re convinced that losing weight is a good thing and God’s will for us, then “this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us: and if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him” (1 John 5:15). Ask, believe, and just keep asking for grace to follow through until we finish the job and reach our goal!!
*Look ahead: “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward” (Hebrews 10:35). What do you hope for as a result of losing weight? Increased vitality and health? A more attractive appearance? A coupon from your husband good for a trip around the world for two? (Well, we can always wish, can’t we? Although—I have to admit—my husband has offered no prize. Losing weight really needs to be about doing what’s right, honoring God, and providing for our own well-being, not simply pleasing others, although being a healthy weight will certainly be more pleasing to others.)
As the president of my Alma Mater used to say, “Let’s just keep on keepin’ on!”
“For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise” (Hebrews 10:36).