“How To Guarantee That 2015 Will Be A Good Year” was the title of my dear big brother’s sermon to ring in 2015, and it was most inspiring! (Link below) The gist of it is that if we do good, we’ll have a good year. Right? I think Bill’s spot on. Ultimately, having a good year isn’t dependent on getting what we want (or think we want). Being happy isn’t the same thing as being (or having) goodness. Goodness begets goodness. God is good and does good. Definitions of “good” (at least according to Google) refer to “that which is morally right, righteousness… to be desired or approved of” and bring to mind virtue, health, and integrity.
So, I was thinking about this over the past week as I was trudging along, eating very carefully, and not feeling like I was really losing weight nearly as fast as I’d hoped (which was only 1 pound a week, and I thought would be very doable). My stated goal for 2015 was to lose 23 pounds (putting me in the healthy range), but my secret hope was to weigh what I weighed as a teenager, and that is what I’d really like.
What does God want for me? I’m not so sure when it comes to how much I’ll weigh at the end of 2015, but I’m sure he wants me to be good and do good, and that will indeed guarantee that I’ve had a good year!
How about your health journey? Are you encouraged or discouraged this week? Keep eating right, and good things are bound to happen. At the end of the year, we may not have achieved our ideals, but whatever happens, it will be good!
(Here’s the link to Bill Rudd’s message, although to see/hear it, you have to scroll down the list a bit, since the current message comes up at the top each week): http://www.calvarymuskegon.com/media/