Proverbs 16:3 (NIV) Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
If you’re going to succeed at becoming healthy and fit, it will require commitment. Disciplining your body will not be easy. In fact, it may be extremely difficult. It will hurt. You will want to give up and quit. But you must remain dedicated to your fitness goals.
Don’t just commit to yourself; make a commitment to the Lord that you will do the right things for your body. According to the above verse, when you commit whatever you do to Him, your plans will succeed!
Hebrews 12:1 (AMP) …and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us.
A healthy and fit lifestyle will call for endurance. There will be times when you will have to work through the pain of muscle soreness. Times you will have to persist through the sweating and heavy breathing – even when it seems your heart might beat out of your chest. You’ll have to endure and resist temptation to eat everything in sight when your body is SCREAMING at you, telling you how hungry it is.
You will have to overcome the flesh if you want to win. Run your race with patient endurance. And like the Apostle Paul told Timothy, endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ!
Acts 20:24 (NIV) However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me.
This journey will also require perseverance. You will have to keep going even when you don’t see results in the mirror or on the scale. If you’re going to be a victor, if you’re going to finish your race and complete the task the Lord has given you, you won’t be able to throw in the towel! Keep going! Don’t be a quitter. Be a strong finisher!
Remember how we talked about this being like faith? You rarely see instant answers to your prayers. You have to continue on in faith and patience until the answer comes.
You can’t walk on the treadmill for half an hour and immediately see results. It requires time. In fact, it may be weeks before you begin to see progress. But if you’re doing what you know to do – eating right (and counting your calories) and exercising consistently – you will eventually see results.
Most people give up way too soon on their healthy lifestyle because it’s just easier to be average. (Ouch!) Don’t settle for average! Don’t quit! Keep persevering – even when it’s difficult.
Remember that nothing worth having in this life comes easy. Be strong! Be committed to become the healthy person you desire to be. Endure through the hard times. Persevere until you’ve achieved your physical goals. And then maintain your fit lifestyle.
Just like you have to consecrate yourself to God’s plan and purpose each day, you have to recommit yourself to being healthy and fit each day (sometimes every moment of every day).
This is when your “Why” from Day 2 becomes important.
Make a commitment to yourself, your family, and most importantly, to the Lord, that from here on out you will work to get rid of your bad habits and incorporate new and better ones – even when it’s not easy.
You are a finisher!
This post is excerpted from my book, A Life That Flourishes. Click on image below to purchase.
Alisha Gratehouse is an artist, art instructor, minister’s wife, and homeschooling mom of three. Her days are filled with creating, painting, writing, drinking lots of tea, laughing with (and at) her family, and spontaneously bursting forth into song. Alisha is the author of several books including, A Life That Flourishes.