I drafted a post a few weeks ago to give an update on my Back to Health journey. I was going to share my weight loss success, lessons I’d learned, and tools I’ve been using that have helped me along the way.
But I sat on it. I read it over and over and just couldn’t bring myself to click PUBLISH. It felt too self-absorbed and kind of sales-y, if I’m being honest. I know my heart was in the right place; I was eager to share my excitement, and like anything that brings reward, insight, and passion, I wanted to pass it along and pay it forward.
I’m not going to publish that post. BUT- if curiosity is getting the better of you, and you’d like me to share more, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d be more than thrilled to spread the love. 🙂
Instead, I’d like to bring perhaps a more universal truth to the table.
What I am discovering through this journey is that a path back to TRUE health is SO much more than physical. In fact, it’s almost comical how pounds and inches lost directly correlate to the personal growth and heart changes that occur.
I was sitting in church this past weekend listening intently to the amazing message. It was appropriately titled Freedom in the Waiting. Isn’t that exactly what being on a journey is like? Waiting, waiting, and more waiting? It isn’t a passive pause, but actively moving toward something we do not yet have. The sermon was incredible and highlighted how God’s faithfulness and omniscience can bring true freedom in our puzzling circumstances, but there was a subtle rally cry to the lesson that resonated deeply with my soul…
While you wait, don’t just accept it, be EXPECTANT.
As we creep closer and closer to March, New Year’s resolutions have begun to fade. Even when we stick to the plan, it becomes easy to slow down, to lose momentum. Whether it is a physical, financial, emotional, personal, or spiritual goal, I have found this to be true. We settle in to a routine. We embrace the fact that slow and steady wins the race. We understand that growth and success isn’t linear, but ebbs and flows. And we accept that. We become comfortable. And in that place, we often forget why we started. We fail to be expectant of success, change, and transformation! We lose sight of the fact that not only is God on our team, he is our number one fan!
God has a very specific and perfect process for our purpose. It is often painful, confusing, and excruciating to wait for the end result. But he always delivers. In his timing, and in his supremely wise way.
This was a humbling reminder for me, and I’m hoping it brings comfort and inspiration to you as well. If you are pressing into your journey and feeling the pull of fatigue, take a deep breath and reset. You are more than what you accept; you are everything you expect.
“Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” (1 Chronicles 28:20)
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t- you’re right.” (Henry Ford)
“Never surrender to the momentum of mediocrity.” (Marlon Brando)
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” (Matthew 19:26)
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)
Live Life on Purpose,