This is one of my favorite coffee mugs because it reminds me that my journey doesn’t have to be perfect... and that’s an important thing for you to keep top of mind because NO ONE is perfect.
My pastor recently preached a sermon that reminded us that God doesn’t expect us to be perfect but rather to be faithful. I was so struck by that statement that I took the time to look up the word...
true, devoted, staunch, implies qualities of stability, dependability, and devotion and steadfast fidelity to whatever one is bound to by a pledge, duty, or obligation.
Today I ask you to reflect:
Are you being FAITHFUL to your dream to become healthy and whole?
Again that doesn't mean that your journey has been perfect. Faithful is falling down and getting back up, faithful is refusing to quit, faithful is putting one step in front of the other and never giving up.
The bottom line:
Setbacks are a part of the journey. What separates those who succeed from those who don't is mindset. Successful people don't allow themselves to stay stuck because their dream will not let them quit. That is faithfulness at its finest!
Are you still in it to win it? On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your faithfulness to your dream of being healthy and fit?
Until next time,
Change is hard. Along the journey, it is easy to get frustrated with your lack of results. Can we keep 100 though? Chances are you are even more frustrated with yourself for not being able to do what you know you need to do.
Why can't I do it?!!
Why is this so hard?!!
I know better, why can't I do better??!
Listen, you can and you will...in time.
The growth process stinks. There is no easy button. You will hate it. You will want to quit. Life will hand you plenty of excuses to quit. Your emotions will be all over the place. The voice (little v) will try and convince you that it is not even worth it. He is a liar. It IS worth it but it IS NOT going to be easy.
The breakthrough eventually comes, IF you keep going. That IF is important to remember because change is inevitable IF AND ONLY IF you do not quit!
The bottom line?
Failure often precedes victory.
It is true. There are countless examples of failing forward - biblical (the Woman with Issues in Mark 5, the Lepers in Luke 17, Naaman in 2 Kings 5) and more recent past (Thomas Edison and his 1,000 unsuccessful light bulb attempts, Oprah fired from TV, Michael Jordan cut from his high school ball team, Sidney Poitier bombed his 1st audition). What do they all have in common? Every one of them had to pass the "no one would blame me if I quit test." They all had to muster the courage to try again in the face of disappointment, embarrassment, zero results and sometimes downright humiliation. They have all taught us a valuable lesson: You have to keep moving at ALL costs.
Yes, even when it hurts. Yes, even when your results suck. Yes, even if you get it wrong more than you get it right. Yes, even when you want to kick yourself for doing or not doing "it" again...keep trying!
Don't let your frustration get the best of you. Remember what frustration is...it is simply your heart confirming that you are NOT meant to stay here!
You have somewhere to go!
You are destined to be somewhere else!
This is no longer who you desire to be!
Get and stay focused on where you want to go and it is only a matter of time before you arrive.
Until next time,
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
~1 Thessalonians 5:18
I do not know about you, but executing 1 Thessalonians 5:18 is a challenge for me. It is easy to be thankful when life is good and you feel great about your progress in your journey to health and wholeness. It is a whole ‘nother story when everything seems to be crumbling and your progress is hit and miss.
The good news is we are on a journey with God. He knows we will not get it right every day. But because He loves us, He sends us reminders like this one to get us back on course.
Today, I am sharing one of my favorite poems on attitude. It is my go to when I know I need an attitude adjustment and sometimes I read it “just in case” I do but do not realize it :). I pray it is a blessing to you.
I am your master...
I can make you rise or fall.
I can make you
a success or failure.
I can work for or against you.
I control your
feelings and actions.
I can make your
heart sing with happiness.
I can make you
wretched, dejected, or morbid.
I can make you
angry and resentful.
I can make you lonely,
discouraged or depressed.
I can make you sick, listless.
I can be a shackle,
heavy and burdensome.
I can be a prism's hue,
dancing bright and colorful.
I can be nurtured and
grown to be beautiful.
I can never be removed,
I am your attitude!
Could making an attitude adjustment towards your work, family, or personal life positively influence your eating and exercise goals?
Until next time,
“Sometimes you just need to take a deep breath to get through the day, and know that better days will come.”
The book of Genesis introduces us to Joseph. Joseph had a dream; two actually. In both dreams, it was clear that he would be a prestigious leader and rule over his brothers – something the brothers just couldn’t seem to accept. They already hated Joseph because he was their father’s favorite and this just added fuel to the fire. They plotted to kill him and a series of unfortunate events was put into action. First, Joseph is put in a pit by his brothers, then they decide to sell him for 20 pieces of silver (the equivalent of $200 in today’s money). What a turn of events, the boy who dreamed that he would rule over others is now a slave!
Despite the rough start, things do start looking up in Genesis 39:2-4. It reads:
2 The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did. 4 Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.
As life would have it though, things get worse before they get better. Just when it seems like things are turning around for Joseph, he experiences yet another setback. Potiphar’s wife makes a pass at him. Joseph acts with integrity and refuses to sleep with her. And what is his reward? The wife accuses him of attempted rape and Joseph is put in prison. If there was such a thing as bad luck, it would seem the Joseph had it!
In the midst of it all, I still believe that Joseph held on to that dream in his heart. He still believed that greater was coming. Do YOU still believe that greater is coming???
Somehow, someway after what seems like several more episodes of the old soap opera “As the World Turns” Joseph does finally find himself in a position of authority not only of his brothers and father but an entire people.
In Genesis 41: 40 it reads...
“You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”
Family, his dream WAS realized it was only a matter of timing.
Today, I stopped by to remind you that delay does NOT mean denial.
There are more chapters in your book. Greater IS coming!
The rest is still unwritten...The story is not yet complete. Don’t get discouraged by what you see or don’t see on the scale, in your bank account, in your relationships, or in your spiritual life.
Take your bookmark out of that "failure" chapter and flip the page!!! I don't care what it looks like, I don't care what that inner voice says, I don't care what "they" said or did, The Voice says Greater IS coming.
Just like favor was with Joseph in an unfair situation, God’s favor is with you in the midst of your struggle.
It’s just a detour.
This is just preparation.
You’ve got more in you.
Keep the faith!
Greater is coming, just you wait and see.
Have a great week.
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