This week while training with a client, I reminded her how a couple of years ago she was unable to touch her toes. Now she’s able to do it without thinking about it. In fact, it was hard for her to remember that was once a challenge for her.
It got me to thinking about our own health journeys. How many things can we count that are now habit that never thought we would be able to do a year or even 5 years ago?
It’s so easy to get fixated on where we’re not; what we have not accomplished and what we’re not doing that we lose sight of our accomplishments.
For today, I challenge you to take a minute or 5 and think about what you’ve accomplished thus far on your health journey. What new habits have you started? What has changed? What are you proud of? This exercise can be a great pick me up if you feel like you’re not making progress.
We think progress should look like a perfectly straight line but it rarely looks that way. What’s important is that you’re making progress.
Use these spiritual truths to help you stay on course and moving forward.. I pray that they are a blessing to you too.
1 God always finishes what He starts — Phil 1:6 (NIV) – “That He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” At times when it feels like you are not making progress, know that God is still working on and in you, changing you bit by bit, day by day. He promises it and He has never lied to us.
2 God changes us from the inside out — While we may be concerned with the number on the scale, God has a different agenda for us. He wants to mature us and make us more like Him. As you think about your progress, don’t forget to take note of your spiritual maturity— that’s what will make the ‘real’ difference both here and in eternity. “This will continue until we are … mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him” (Ephesians 4:13 CEV)
3 When we get to the end of ourselves, there we will find God. 2 Cor. 12:10b (NIV) reminds us that the battle is not ours to fight. “For when I am weak, then I am strong” When we want to revert back to our old ways of doing things, remember the results our way yielded us in the past and turn it back over to God.
Even when it does not feel like it, know that you will be successful in your goal to lose weight.
Even though the process may seem frustrating and even hopeless, know that God will give you good success once you trust in him.
You might not see any changes for some time, and then, one day it will all come together. Know that God is working in your life even if the changes are not showing on the scale just now.
Lastly, know that your failures are no surprise to God. You are not going through what you are going through in vain.
God knows and cares and wants to help you if you allow Him.
Trust in His timing and in His strength, be patient and watch Him work in your health and in all areas of your life.