This week, we have a guest post by Lysa TerKeurst, author of Made to Crave (Check out Jennifer’s review and giveaway right here at 5 Minutes for Mom) and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Find her online at www.LysaTerKeurst.com.
Rewriting the Script in Your Head
Some of us like New Year’s resolutions. Some of us loathe them. Three months into the New Year many of us may be wondering why we made them.
Usually somewhere at the top of the list are versions of a promise to eat better and exercise more.
How are you doing with your resolutions about eating?
The first few days or weeks may be easy. Then you’re invited to a party. Your friends are quick to say, “Oh come on, just one won’t hurt. This is a special day.”
That cheesecake does look good. The Mexican chips and dip are irresistible. It is a special night. I can start again on Monday.
It’s so tempting to give in. Setting things in reverse. Pretending it won’t matter.
It does matter and not just for the physical or mental set back. It’s the denial of a fundamental spiritual truth making our healthy eating plan fall apart time and time again.
What is this truth?
We were made for more than this. More than this failure, more than this cycle, more than being ruled by taste buds. We were made for victory.
Sometimes we just have to find our way to that truth.
When I was a senior in high school I was invited to a college party. The friend who invited me became my favorite person in the world when I got to go to her sorority party. By the end of the night we were giggling over the attention given to us by two good looking college boys. As the party died down, they invited us over to their place.
Part of me was so flattered. I wanted to go. A much bigger part of me didn’t. But plans got made and before I knew it we were getting into their car and driving away. I was not a strong Christian at this point in my life. Not even close. I certainly can’t say I’d ever heard God speak to me, but in the midst of this situation, He did.
“This isn’t you, Lysa. You were made for more than this.”
I was given the gift of truth. Planted deep within me when God personally knit me together. Untied and presented at just the right time.
I made an excuse for a quick exit and walked back to my car alone that night. I mentally beat myself up for acting like a young, immature high schooler who couldn’t handle being a college party girl. But looking back, I want to stand up on a chair and clap, clap, clap for my little high schooler self!
There were other seasons of my growing up years where I heard this truth loud and clear repeated within the confines of my soul and sadly, I refused to listen. These were the darkest years of my life. I wasn’t made to live a life that dishonors the Lord.
None of us are.
“You were made for more Lysa.” I remembered it especially in those early weeks of my new healthy eating adventure when I was tempted by one million assaults on my sugar deprived taste buds. I just kept mentally repeating… Made for more! Made for more!
And though my quest pales in comparison to the importance of a high schooler trying to keep her purity, hunger is hunger. Temptation is temptation. Desire is desire. So, maybe they aren’t so different after all.
We were made for more.
What a great truth to use while rewriting the “go to” script that plays in our head every time we’re tempted. Rewriting the go to script is one of the most crucial steps toward permanent progress. Remember the script that I mentioned earlier in this article? The excuses? The rationalizations? The “I’ll do better Monday” escape clauses?
We have to rewrite those by getting into the habit of saying other things. And the first of these is, “I was made for more.”
Listen to these words from Proverbs 3:5 – 8, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”
Trust in the Lord — you were made for more.
In all your ways acknowledge him — you were made for more.
Don’t try to be wise and do your new diet in your own strength, hold tight to the Lord and flee from temptations — you were made for more.
This will bring health and nourishment to you and help you find victory in this struggle — you were made for more!
Have you been letting God help you get the Winter Weight Off?
Want to catch up with our previous Winter Weight Off posts?
Winter Weight Off
Weight Loss Tip #1 — No Dieting!
Weight Loss Tip #2 — Fill Up on Fiber
Weight Loss Recipe — Red River w Ground Flax
Weight Loss Tip #3 — Look for the LIGHT…
Weight Loss Tip #4 — Do it like the Diabetics
Weight Loss Tip #5 — Knowledge IS Power
PLEASE NOTE: We are NOT health professionals, nor do we make any health or medical claims or advice here at 5 Minutes for Mom. We are simply sharing our opinions and personal experiences. Please consult your doctor about all medical issues and make sure you follow your doctor and health professional’s instructions regarding your health and diet.
Written by guest contributor, Lysa TerKeurst, author of Made to Crave (Check out Jennifer’s review and giveaway right here at 5 Minutes for Mom) and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries.