When the doctors told me last August that I was pre-diabetic, I was faced with a choice. I could continue doing what I was doing – not eating healthy enough, not exercising, not getting enough rest – and the result of that would be full-blown diabetes. OR I could change what I was doing and quite possibly get what I wanted – a reversal of the pre-diabetes diagnoses. I decided I wanted a different outcome. So I changed what I was doing.
- I changed what and how much I ate
- I changed my schedule – drastically – to incorporate regular exercise
- I changed my priorities to incorporate more rest
- I changed my mindset to embrace that I would need to press through the difficulty of change in order to get what I want.
Now when I say ‘I changed’ this and ‘I changed’ that, it sounds like it’s easy. It sounds like it’s complete, a done deal. It’s neither easy nor a done deal. Probably what I should say is:
- Every day I renew my commitment to change what and how much I eat.
- Every day I renew my commitment to building a habit of exercise.
- Every day I renew my commitment to get adequate rest.
- Every day I renew my commitment to changing my mindset from ‘I can’t’ and ‘this is too hard’ to ‘I can’ and ‘With God all things are possible’.
In other words, the necessary work of change in order to get what you want is an ongoing, daily journey.
Some days are better than others. Like the day when I just gave in to my salt cravings and inhaled a bag of Cheetos. Or when I woke up so completely, utterly exhausted that I turned off the alarm clock and skipped my workout for that day.
But every day is its own day. So I get the opportunity to do it over again. My next meal can be better. The next morning I get right back on my workout schedule.
Why am I saying all of this?
Because finally, with a few years left to being called ‘middle-aged’, I’m just now understanding the level of INTENTION and WORK and PERSEVERANCE that is necessary to make changes in our lives. To achieve the purposes God has set for us. To not just SAY we will be better, but to actually DO better.
I also understand that we can only do this one step at a time. One day at a time. That’s all God expects of us, because the only time we have to obey God and move towards what He has for us, is this very moment.
So, are there changes you need to make in your life? Do you sense God calling you to do something that requires you to make small changes? Big changes? What’s the price that you’ll have to pay to get from here to there?
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