Tuesday, November 13, 2012
I would like to preface this with many times I write these types of blog posts more for my own reminder of the message I am conveying than anything else. I do hope that others are encouraged by some of it, but mostly I am trying to motivate myself through my writing.
Life can be hard. Very tough. It can seem like an endless trial sometimes. Sometimes we go through seasons that last years long where every decisison or choice we make is the wrong one and it backfires in our faces. For me, for many people, it is in those times that we revert back into habits we thought we had shed.
We forget how far we've come. We forget the successes we have had. We all to often forget to thank and praise God for all of it, and start to get down on ourselves. We beat ourselves up. We start in with the negative talk, right?
Or maybe we stay strong and don't do that, or say those things, but we begin to focus more on the problems that spring up than on our own spiritual growth, our own journey in this world. The weight was always there, it can wait (pun intended) until this problem goes away. Or I need to focus on this problem in my life for right now, I'll put the Bible reading, the prayer, the church attendance on hold, the exercise can wait, eat healthier, ehh yeah sure, but I've got to be busy and I don't have time etc.
I get all of that, I truly do. In fact I am guilty of every one of those things over the past few years.
What I've learned is it is now 3 years later, I've put off and off started and stopped time and time again, with all of it, and here I stand in a WORSE position, in some ways, than I was then and had I just stuck with the exercise and diet alone, the situation today wouldn't be nearly as bad for me.
Time comes and goes, rapidly. If there is a goal you want to meet, then work diligently at working it. Don't let life get in the way. Don't let life's trials and struggles get in the way. They are only distractions from what for many of us today is a truly life or death situation.
I work for a Thrift Store that funds a ministry that reaches out to the drug addicts, alcoholics and homeless on the streets. It is struggling mightedly, in fact, it may very well close at the end of the month. I was on payroll, but payroll has been cut. I work for free. I have no money, none.
But God still provides. I eat daily, I have a roof over my head. That, in the past, would be enough to get me to just give up and lie in my bed daily until it's time to get up and drag myself into work. To add to the problem, I am a LARGE guy, and have NO clothing, with the exception of 2 pair of sweatpants and a couple of tshirts and one Polo to wear, so job hunting for me is really not in the cards.
Again, what can I do? I can praise God, Thank God, continue to serve Him and the community AND NOT give up on myself, yet again.
So, I walk daily, eat the best I can with no money and donated food. But I do these things daily. At nearly 500 pounds I walk 2 1/2 miles to work 3 times a week to save on bus costs.
I've heard people in better condition physically tell me its too far, too long too this too that.
No, it is not, cause I do it.
Do not let the struggles of this life get in your way of becoming the best version of you, trust in God, Praise Him, Thank Him for all circumstances and you will be glorified.