Well, we have reached week five of our Taste for Truth study, and progress, motivation, and determination are all characteristics that seem to resonate among this group of ladies. We are all continually dropping pounds on a weekly basis, making healthier choices, and most importantly, growing closer to God and one another.
One of the hardest things about trying to lose weight and KEEP it off is failure. Most of us have failed at keeping it off at some point in our lives. I’ve failed repetitively for the past 4 years. Each year, I lose weight then gain it right back (plus some) by the end of the year. It’s discouraging! It’s aggravating! It’s a continuous cycle of choosing to believe such lies as: “There’s no way I can do this.” “It’s going to take forever to lose this much weight.” “It doesn’t matter what I eat or if I exercise because I’m on vacation.” These are just some examples of the lies that we choose to believe, and we never get back on track, thus negating every ounce of progress we had made.
We fail because we are weak, and we make excuses for our failure. The silver lining is that as Christians, when we are weak, He is strong. Despite all the grumbling and complaining by the Israelites, God never abandoned them. He provided exactly what they needed both by day and by night. Just as He provided for them, He will provide us with that extra ounce of strength when we feel like giving up. In Romans 5:4, we see that troubles produce endurance, and when we persevere, we please the Lord. Just as we talked about last week, we achieve this perseverance by the renewing of our mind. Trust Him to lead you to make right choices. Never grow tired of doing what’s right!
We can overcome this pattern of failure when it comes to losing weight! Yippee!!! It’s really simple….keep trying! Failure only happens when we quit trying. Jeremiah 8:4 reminds us to “get back up”. Most importantly, learn from your failures and move on! Break the failure cycle! Quit doing what you’ve always done! Being obsessive isn’t the answer. Simply eating healthy and exercising isn’t the answer either. Choosing to be healthy for life must include renewal of the spiritual aspect of your life as well. So choose now to break the cycle of failure and remain healthy both spiritually and physically.
One of the best ways to prevent failure and break the cycle is to quit anticipating and fearing failure! When your mind is set on failure, you are making the choice to be anxious, and the Bible tells us to “be anxious for NOTHING”. Instead, trust Him completely and set your mind on success! Psalm 40:2-3 reminds us that “He lifts us up out of the miry clay and sets our feet upon a rock,” and Proverbs 3:5-6 instructs us to “trust Him and He will make our paths straight.” So, as Christians, with promises like that, failure is no longer an option. Success through Him alone is our only option!