A Common-Sense Approach
Have you ever thought about the Bible as offering a common sense approach to weight loss? Just like answers to every other challenge in life, it’s in there.
We use the name Weight Loss, God’s Way because I truly believe that a biblical approach to weight loss is the best route. We often feel we need a complex plan in order to have the greatest success. If it’s simple, we think it’s not worth trying, but the Word is full of common sense instruction for daily living. God wants us to “get it” and common sense is a gift He has given us to apply it.
That feeling in the pit of our stomach is common sense. It often gets ignored. It’s a warning light notifying us that we are ready to make a bad decision. More importantly, it’s the Holy Spirit directing us to make the right choice.
It’s time we not only listen to those promptings, but ask for more of the same. The Holy spirit can and will help us reach our health and weight loss goals if we only ask Him. We just have to be ready to take action when we hear His voice. Often, His voice comes through His written Word.
There are many scriptures that can lead us on our journey, but for today we will pull from the book of Proverbs. Here are five common sense principles we can apply today to make impact:
5 Common-Sense Principles
1. Common sense tells us to “do first things first.” We have a tendency to put off what’s important. We know that we should exercise, but other things continue to become more of a priority. They take our focus and our time.
What do you keep putting off? If it’s exercise, do it first thing in the morning so nothing else gets in the way. Lay out your gym clothes at the end of the bed so they are there waiting for you in the morning. Take a small step towards making exercise a priority.
Proverbs 14:15 teaches us that wise people carefully consider their steps.
2. Common sense tells us to ‘”use the day wisely.” Instead of taking the time to grocery shop for the right foods, plan our meals for the week and carve out some time to go to the gym, we get side-tracked by surfing the internet, watching Netflix, or playing Candy Crush.
Plan out your health goals the day before and don’t allow anything to sidetrack you. What time of the day do you have the most energy? Schedule and plan to work hardest during that time. Can you double batch some meals to save time? Wisdom teaches us that if we don’t drink enough water, we’ll feel sluggish so drink up! That will help you get the most out of your day.
Psalm 90:12 teaches us to number our days so we can gain wisdom on how to best spend our time.
3. Common sense tells us that “if something is not working, then we should stop doing it,” but we keep making the same mistakes over and over again expecting different results.
We know that diets don’t work, yet we can’t seem to resist the urge and lure of trying the latest one. Each day, review what strategies worked and what didn’t work and adjust accordingly. Decide to not continue the same broken patterns that just aren’t working.
James 1:5 teaches us that if we lack wisdom we should ask God. He will help us so that we don’t keep making the same mistakes over and over again.
4. Common sense tells us to “focus on what’s important,” but we tend to major on the minors. We can get caught up in things that don’t matter and go a whole day without even giving God a thought, or giving Him thanks for all He has blessed us with. Too often we frustrate ourselves looking for answers to problems then go to Him when we have tried everything else and had it fail.
Asking God for His wisdom, peace, direction and even strength for making right choices should be part of our daily living. He wants to lead us. He wants relationship with us. Every day He wants us to submit our weight-loss journey to Him. We cannot do this in our own strength.
If we are obsessed with weight loss, that is not of Him either. Ask God for a healthy balance and perspective. If we put Him first, everything else will fall in place and we will have peace.
Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek first God’s kingdom and everything else will be added unto us.
5. Common sense tells us that “hard work will pay off.” Many of us want results, but we’re just not willing to do the work it takes to achieve our goals. It’s time to be honest with ourselves. It is going to take some discipline, sweat and sacrifice to gain the victory. There is no easy way around it. Ask yourself if you are willing to do what it takes to get the results you want. Know it will be worth it if your answer is “yes.”
Proverbs 14:23 teaches us that work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty.
God Is For You
God is not silent about how He wants us to live our lives. Let’s continue to use the wisdom and common-sense principles that He has provided. Take action today to achieve your goals and know that His desire is for your success. 3 John 1:2 says, “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” Know it, believe it and trust Him.
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For Your Success,