“There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven.” Ecc 3:1
What season of your life are you in?
My sweet friend, Laura, is going through a difficult time right now. Her father is nearing the end of his life. It’s a painful season for her of learning how to say goodbye. She is experiencing a flood of emotions which range from the joy of ushering him into the presence of his Heavenly Father, to sadness of not wanting him to go. I just admire her attitude–she shared with me, “Even though I miss my normal life, I wouldn’t miss this detour for anything!” Could you respond like this during a difficult season in your life?
Understandably so, Laura’s weight is not her main priority at this time and season of her life. Granted, health is important, but we should be mindful that it’s a tool we use to allow us to enjoy other aspects life–it should not be the final destination. We are not healthy for the sake of being healthy. Strive to be healthy so you can enjoy our lives. Whether it’s with ailing parents, our grandchildren, our spouses, or our friends. The healthier we are, the better we will be able to enjoy these experiences.
What’s your overall goal?
Weight-loss in and of itself should never be our main goal. Don’t exercise and eat healthy just for the sake of doing it. Do it so we can to enjoy other aspects of our lives. And do it so that we can glorify God and live well in all areas of our lives.
When we make the mistake of allowing weight loss to become our main goal, we’re often disappointed because as soon as life throws us a curve ball and we’re unable to maintain our routine, we get frustrated. I’m currently restarting my fitness routine after not being able to exercise for one month due to a back injury. If my main goal was exercise, then I would have been pretty disappointed. As frustrating as the experience was for me, I’m not afraid that I will gain weight or never return to my workout routine. I finally understand that it’s simply a season in my life, and once this season has ended, then I will return to a life that involves more activity.
Exercise and eat healthy so you can enjoy life. And if, for whatever reason you may not be able to do these health habits as well as you may want to, accept it. In these seasons of your life, continue to make the best food choices you can. Continue to make time to exercise, but don’t stress about it if you miss a workout. Enjoy your family and friends and be grateful for the gift of having them, and that you are healthy enough to enjoy them.
Is this your season to focus on your health?
If God has called you to make your health a priority in this season of your life, then do it! You may need to let other things go to make it happen. Understand the season and make the necessary sacrifices. It may mean that you might have to wake up a little bit earlier, or spend less money on shopping for clothes and other things so that you can spend more money on healthy food. You may need to give up TV so that you have time for exercise. Remember, it is for a season and it will prepare you for other things in your life. Your season may be preparing you to leave a legacy for your children, to inspire others, or to test your faith and draw closer to God. Remember the reason for your season will always bring glory to God.
This mindset prepares you for the season like Laura is experiencing right now when you may be under a lot of stress. You may experience a season of illness or injury like I did. Or maybe you’re a new mom, you’re called to return to school, travel, or take on a work project where you may not be able to make your health one of your main priorities. Know that it’s okay and that it’s normal. Once the season has passed, you will return to prioritizing your health without fear that you will lose it. Trust God that He has prepared you for this season and travel through it with strength and grace.
What season are you in? Is this your season to make your health a priority or is there something else that needs your focused time and attention. Whatever season you’re in, trust that God will equip you to manage it well.
Do you know what season are you in right now? Is this your season to get healthier? I would love to hear from you.