We had a great video chat Monday night. I loved getting to know everyone better. Some of you are psyched and on track ... awesome! Others are struggling to get back on track ... you're NOT giving up. Way to go!
At the end of the chat, we put out a 100% day challenge to write and plan and track and watch our BLTs and make the next day – Tuesday – a 100% OP day. And we decided to meet back in the video chats again Tuesday night (May 11) for an impromptu reporting on how we did.
Tuesday night ALL met back – I was amazed that EVERYONE was there! 100% was met by almost all. And the few who had less than 100%, were minor slip-ups. Focusing on just that one day – not on trying to "do this forever" made a huge difference (not to mention the little added accountability.)
So while I was planning out my day this morning a Bible verse came to my mind. To give you a little background, this verse is found in the old testament in Joshua 24, and it is Joshua who is speaking. He's the one who took over after the death of Moses, bringing the Israelites out of the desert and into the promised land. It's near the end of his life and he's recapping to the people what God has done for them and their covenant with Him. And, at the end of his speech, he says these words that really hit me:
I had always believed the importance of this verse was the choice between serving God or serving something else. (And that IS the main point of the verse). But if you look closer there are two significant words that I've always overlooked. Those are the words: 'THIS DAY.'
Think about it. Yes, there is a turning point in our lives where we make a decision, a choice, of whom we're going to follow and how we're going to live (like deciding to follow the Lord – or starting a diet one more time). But beyond that, we need to make the choice of whom we're going to serve TODAY – each individual day.
We need to decide what we're going to do with the actions and thoughts and temptations in our life THIS DAY. We have to take the time to really think about it ... and to make the conscious commitment THIS DAY ... TODAY. It's not just a one-time choice for the rest of our lives and then we forget about it. I guess that means we need to be prepared mentally as well as physically every day.
So while I'd love to say, "I'm going to be on track and make this a lifetime/FOREVER thing;" (And that IS the hope and the desire.) I can and will say that I will commit THIS day 100%.
TODAY I'm going to choose to stay on program. TODAY I will not let the food rule me, I will instead be in control over what goes in my mouth. I will make a plan and stick to it. And I will work through temptations with a good deal of self-talk, determination, preparation ... and prayer. Forever seems like a long time to me, but I can do this for TODAY.
Joshua 24:14 "Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. ...15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve ... But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
What are YOU going to commit to today?