One day only...
Monday, February 07, 2011
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them ~ Albert Einstein
This was a quote someone posted on Facebook. I happened to catch it after listening to the "Made to Crave" webcast put on by Proverbs31 Ministries & the book's author, Lysa Terkeurst.
The main topic of the session was about taking our perspective and how we look at weight loss and shifting it ever so slightly. Lysa spoke about how, at the end of every trial, there comes a blessing. The time in between (the time many of us are in right now), however, can be a difficult place to be. In order to get from the start of the trial to the blessing, we need to do one thing and one thing only: persevere.
She talked about a couple of different things that helps us to persevere, one of the key things being what she calls setting up "Joy Markers". These are moments of your journey that you can look at and say "Wow, that never would have happened if I hadn't started this journey" (or something similar). Basically, it's changing your perspective, your thoughts about the trial and having to go through it all and shifting it to an attitude of gratefulness. I know SparkGuy has talked about that in the book "The Spark", marking down milestones on your journey so that you can look back and be encouraged by them.
The other thing that happened was Mandisa (one of my favorite artists and a definite inspiration of mine on this journey) was invited to sing as a guest. She spent a little time talking about her journey and something she said really resonated with me. She said that through her journey she has learned the importance of taking one day (and one day only) at a time. She referenced a passage in the Bible where Jesus says to not worry about tomorrow and what you will eat or drink or what clothes you will wear because each days have enough worries of its own. Besides, we were never guaranteed that we would have a "tomorrow". So, to focus on today. She said that focusing on her "today" and what choices she can make to be healthy has helped her out so much.
I totally understand! I often find that I get overwhelmed thinking about the times that are to come. Especially when I'm entering into a busy season of life, much like the one I'm in now. Yes, there is something to be said for being aware of your schedule and planning ahead, but there comes a point where you have to take a step back and just stop. When planning ahead gets priority and nudges out whatever it is you're supposed to be focusing on for that day, it's no good.
So, for now, I'm going to change my thinking that has gotten me where I am and try to take it one day (and one day only) at a time.
Because my "today" certainly has enough worries of its own.