Eyes on the Prize

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Please read the article link below to better understand this blog post.

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm506625.htm

As someone with previous weight loss experience and with a degree in nutrition, this new weight loss method, approved by the FDA, absolutely infuriates me. How this was even approved by the FDA is beyond me. What kills me is the statement, “it is intended to assist in weight loss in patients aged 22 and older who are obese, with a body mass index of 35 to 55, and who have failed to achieve and maintain weight loss through non-surgical weight-loss therapy.” This “non-surgical weight-loss therapy” they are referring to is proper diet and exercise. Excuse me, but anyone can lose weight through diet and exercise, it just takes a lot of discipline and self-control. Trust me, I know it’s certainly not the easy way. In fact, it is extremely difficult, but it’s also the best and most safest way and should also be the ONLY way you lose and maintain your weight. I get it, we all want the quickest, easiest methods that require hardly any work on our part, but that’s life. If you want it that badly you have to work for it! The scientists who come up with these methods are willing to create something this bizarre, because there are plenty of people out there that are willing to pay outrageous amounts of money and will try absolutely anything to get the weight loss results they so desire. In my opinion, you should never mess with the natural processes of the body. God created them for a purpose. They all function in a certain way for a reason. No one or nothing should mess with that.

After reading this article, it hit me that this particular situation also parallels the amount of work, or lack thereof, we put into our relationships with other people and even with God. When it comes to these relationships, don’t we want them to be the best? Relationships can’t be built and maintained by just sitting around doing nothing. It takes work, strength, discipline, self-control, and patience. To build our relationships with our friends, family, and our spouse, we’ve got to communicate regularly, listen, show support, respect one another, be encouraging, put them first before ourselves. Our relationship with God shouldn’t be lacking in effort either. We have to spend time with Him and in His word on a daily basis. We have to talk to him through prayer, offer up songs of praise and thanksgiving, put Him first above anyone and anything else. We can’t fully appreciate these relationships without all the hard work and dedication you put into them.

The quick fix isn’t always the best fix. To be the best versions of ourselves, to be the men and women God has called us to be, we have to devote time and attention to our work. We have to be fully committed to our efforts. The ultimate reward is so worth it! We just have to keep our eyes on the prize, Heaven.

“A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the   desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” Proverbs‬ ‭13:4

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Loosen the Grasp

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What are you holding onto that’s preventing you from moving towards living your best life? Is it a past relationship, regrets, a wrong done to you by a loved one? These all prevent us from going forward. They’re all negatives in our lives that we can’t seem to let go of. And why is that? Why is it so incredibly hard to let go of the events or people who are holding us back? Maybe we wish we had a do over, a second chance to go back and change the words we said, the actions we took. Or maybe we’re just scared. We’re afraid to let go because we’ve become so comfortable with holding on and we fear the unknown of what could happen when it’s no longer there anymore.

I wouldn’t call myself a master of the letting go process, but it’s something I’ve recently experienced and had to learn to overcome. Believe me when I say, it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I constantly was going back over and over with myself wishing I had done this or said that. To be honest, it made me absolutely miserable. I was missing out on all the amazing things in my life that were going on right now because I was so stuck in the past and trying to fix things I could not change.

One day, I realized I couldn’t change what had happened. The things I had chosen to do or say had been done. I couldn’t undo any of it. So, I had two choices. I could either continue living with regrets and continue being sad, angry, and upset, or I can take those trials and really learn something from them. I can use what I’ve learned to become a stronger, better person. What I’ve learned will help me in the future, when I’m faced with such difficulties once again. I missed out on so much, so many great events because I couldn’t get away from the past. I was scared and afraid of what would happen now. I was lost and confused as to which direction to take. I had a hard time imagining what life would be like if I moved on.

Thankfully, through countless prayers, talks with family and friends, and much-needed Bible studies, I’ve been able to loosen my grasp on my past. Since I’ve been able to let go, I’ve noticed God doing some really amazing things with my life. I may not be where I’d thought I’d be, but I’m right where I need to be at this very moment. Don’t miss out on all that God’s doing for you. He’s working in you and through you right now for a greater purpose.

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,”

Philippians 3:13

“for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”

Philippians 2:13