Tuesday, January 10, 2012
I can remember when I thought food tracking was a restraint--something that holds you back. It certainly can feel that way, and when we begin a new, healthier eating lifestyle, it is natural to feel restrained and want to break free of the new restraints. In reality is the previous unbridled living (in whatever sense--sometimes called "gluttony") that actually holds us back from achieving our God-given potential and dreams.
It is for this reason God often asks us to give some things up--not for the purpose of giving them up or as a punishment, but because He created us and knows what is BEST for us. He asks us to give things up in order to have the ABUNDANT LIFE He chose and designed for each of us specifically. A race car driver will never win the prize by recklessly ignoring the discipline of car maintenance and improvement. Why, then, do we somehow think we will win the prizes of our lives when we are ignoring maintenance and improvement of our greatest tool-- our bodies?! That is not freedom; it's bondage!
Today I'm renewing my mind with that point of view. It's time to loosen those bands and break free of the habits which have placed me in bondage and robbed me from racing forward, full throttle, at my best speed INTO the VICTORY and achievements God has had for me all along!