Reading Philippians this morning...
Good morning everyone,
I hadn't read my Bible the past two days because things were so busy and crazy, so I decided to read a little extra this morning. And I really liked what I read and wanted to share it.
I read Philippians 1:27 and Philippians 2:13:
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. - Philippians 1:27
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. - Philippians 2:13
The two passages kind of run together well, don't they? They both have to do with the fact that God is working in your heart to make you better and better every day.
A lot of us have trouble with back-sliding. Like "I used to do that, but when I stopped, it ruined all my progress." Well the problem is that you stopped, right? You were trying to maintain a habit that wasn't maintainable. So the first step is to make sure that the habit you're forming is maintainable. A permanent change. Not a "just for now"change.
This is why I'm doing EM2WL instead of eating 1200 calories a day. At a low-calorie diet like that, I'm just going to gain everything back again and then some (like LAST time! :P) It's also why I've committed to spending just a FEW minutes with God a day; I can do that, it's a maintainable goal.
I have no problem with eating as much as I'm eating now for years and years and years - same with reading the Bible for a few minutes a day. It's maintainable. Not only that, but as I get stronger and am able to lift more, I'm sure I'll be able to eat more. And as I move forward in life, I think I'd be able to devote more time to my quiet time with God and the Bible. These are things I can see myself doing for the rest of my life and being perfectly okay with it.
If fact, it's what I WANT for the rest of my life! As I get older I want to get stronger. I want to show my future children how strong they can be if they work hard, and show them what hard work looks like. I want to be able to carry the groceries in with one trip, build a deck, pour concrete, move furniture, chop wood, and just do anything and everything necessary to be self-sufficient and capable - and more importantly, be able to help anyone else who needs my strength. I can't do that eating 1200 calories a day!! lol
Equally so, I want to become an example for my future children and the people around me as a Christ-like, wise, caring and generous person. This gets me to my point. We want to move forward in life towards becoming this person who we want to be - the person who GOD wants us to be. And the person who God wants us to be is a different person from who you are now. You may be a good person and everything, but the new person who God will turn you into is EVEN BETTER. And He doesn't want you to backslide.
That's why I think of every day as a chance to become a new person. A person who is brand new - just a little bit better than who I was yesterday. And the person who I was yesterday is gone. Today I am a NEW person who is closer to becoming who God wants me to be. And tomorrow I will be a new person AGAIN who is even CLOSER to who God wants me to be.
This way, I'm never going to backslide. There's no going back. Only forward. God will continue to work in me and give me the desire and power to do what is pleasing to Him, which will make it more and more natural for me to conduct myself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.
Woo! Praise God! I'm all pumped now! My lower back muscles are pretty sore from shoveling yesterday but now I want to do a P90X workout. #badidea :P I'll get other stuff done like with food and cleaning up and whatnot. :)
Also, thank you everyone for all of your support and kind words - it's just wonderful to have so much positive feedback from you all <3<3<3 MUAH!!! ^_^