If you’re like me, after the holiday celebrations of Christmas and New Years, you’re ready for a course correction. The holiday season always takes me out of my regular rhythms.
Maybe you’re thinking through some possible resolutions. You’re setting goals, making plans about how to form some healthy habits, and how to create lasting change. That’s certainly me. In the past few months, I have noticed some patterns forming that I know I do not want to continue. Discipline can be difficult for me.
Two years ago, I was very uncomfortable in my skin. My body carried a lot of excess of weight, which had been the case from high school into my late thirties. I knew something needed to change, but I just couldn’t do it. I tried big-name diets, extreme fasting diets, crazy pills that promised mind-blowing results. I signed up for gym memberships and worked out hard. I shamed and guilted myself. I compared my body to everyone around me. None of it worked. I lost weight, but not for long. I always went back to old habits of eating and not exercising, feeling worse about myself. I was always doing it in my own strength, in my own way, on my timetable.
What I’ve learned–not just in my mind but experientially–over the past two years since getting involved with Revelation Wellness is that the little things matter. The world around us revolves around the instant, the big, the noisy, and tries to find the fastest way to “self-actualize.” God’s way is different. His way is far better, quieter, kinder, and focuses our hearts on who He is instead of who we are. In my journey toward freedom with food and from comparison in fitness, God has shown me that it starts with going small.
Jesus was always using small things to illustrate how the kingdom of God operates: mustard seeds, yeast, salt, three loaves and two fish, a widow’s mite, children. Jesus was also the one who showed us that our freedom is found in the quiet places, in solitude and silence, working from rest with our Heavenly Father (Luke 5:16). Jesus shows us that everything flows from our relationship with God. It’s why Paul says to young Timothy that “physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8).
It’s why the book of Proverbs tells us,
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths 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.” -Proverbs 3:5-8
That doesn’t mean any of this is easy. The hardest thing I’ve ever done is follow Jesus. Obedience means pressing in and clawing my way to Him every day. The tyranny of the urgent is always trying to steal my time from being with my Savior. Surrendering my will to His can often take a monumental effort. Trusting Him when I want to take control of a situation and doing it His way instead is a little taste of dying to myself. The battle rages on. Will we contend for what’s best at the cost of what is easy or immediate?
At the same time, when I give Him my “yes”, when I fight for time spent with God, resting in His love for me, allowing His desires to influence my desires, I find grace, power, and strength. From there I can do the very things God calls me to, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, I find that the fruit of the Spirit is growing in me. As I rest and cease striving to do life on my own, I find freedom when it comes to food and fitness. That’s where I find the discipline I need to maintain my freedom.
When I was young and things got tough, my dad would sing, “One day at a time, sweet Jesus, one day at a time.” When things are tough now, I find myself singing this to myself and to my kids. It’s a call to rest with Jesus and let Him give me what I need for that day.
You can figure out your meals ahead of time, be aware of nutritional information, set goals, and schedule your daily workout, but first and foremost, start with your relationship with God. Submit your goals and plans to Him, and then let Him gently and kindly tell you what His goals and plans are for you. Work all of this out alongside your Lord as He guides you into true freedom.
Wes Scheu is a Revelation Wellness Instructor from Denver, CO. He’s also a husband to Erin, and a father to their three children, Isaiah, Brynna, and Lydia, and a pastor. He loves caring for people, seeing them grow in their relationship with Jesus, and helping them understand their God-given identity.
You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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