As you set out to tackle a fitness or weight loss goal, one thing I can guarantee is you will definitely run and be weary. Running and weary go hand in hand. It’s like mud and dirty. You can’t play in the mud without getting dirty and you can’t run (toward your goal) without getting weary. But, you can learn to run and not be weary to the point of quitting.
Personally, when I read the verse “they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” I know I will grow weary. I fully expect to faint (fail) nearly every day. I even expect to get pouty and mad at times. However, the renewal of strength and the ability to not truly grow weary to the point of quitting is a result of the beginning of the verse? Yes, there’s a stipulation. “Those who wait”.
Ugh! No one likes to wait – especially me. However, waiting is required to get the rest of the promise. “Those who wait on the Lord renew their strength”.
How could we learn from this passage and how could it relate to weight loss? I find when I commit to waiting on the Lord, it gives me time to reflect on what He’s done in my life (read our marriage make-over). It also gives me time to get a good honest look at myself so I can think of ways I can improve.
If you have quit in the past, maybe you gave up because you weren’t patient enough during the waiting. You weren’t patient enough to reflect, to remember why you started and think about what you need to do to refocus. So many amazing things can happen in the waiting.
Another reason why you may have quit before is because you let your emotions guide your actions. So often people quit in midst of a brief emotional meltdown. They let their emotions determine their actions instead of staying the course no matter what their emotions tell them.
“Let your emotions subside before you decide” – Joyce Meyer
Another possibility you’ve quit in the past is you are simply overwhelmed. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with too many options, too much information or too many opinions. People love to give dieters their tips, ideas or opinions. Sadly, we are normally already overwhelmed enough just with the actual task of getting healthy. Either way, feeling overwhelmed can stop you in your tracks before you even get started. It is crucial you have hope. Hope is what drives people to keep trying.
Let me encourage you. If God can restore the love in a marriage (like he did ours), I think He can help you get rid of some body fat. You still have to do the work like with anything that needs fixing but patience and obedience is required. It is in the waiting God works His magic.
You Gotta Have Faith?
Weight requires a lot of waiting. However, I have faith in the science of weight loss as much as I have faith in the Lord. I trust it and I know the reward will be worth the wait. You too have to learn to trust the process, trust the science and trust that your positive work will give you positive results as long as you don’t give up.
Also, don’t leave God out. If you are committed to work on your physical body, commit to also work on your spiritual body too. Ask God to show Himself to you, to be your strength through this and to help you become the person He desires you to be from the inside out.
As you well know, weight loss is more mental than it is physical. Let this be a chance for God to work stuff OUT of you while you work the weight OFF of you. Decide now that today starts a new life, a new yoU – and your results will be way worth the wait.
Song of Encouragement
When we come to the point we realize just how much we need to change and improve, we can get overwhelmed. I love this song because it reminds me that God is in the restoration business. He makes all things new. So, no matter what you have done in the past, how many times you have failed or how much you need to “fix”, He has the power to make all things new – even me and you!
Scripture of the Day:
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Mantra of the Day:
“I will run and not be wear, walk and not faint.” Isaiah