DEALING WITH DISCOURAGEMENT
We all get discouraged on our journey to be right-weighted. We know what to do but at times lack the motivation to do it. We lose sight of the goal and are hard pressed to think of a reason NOT to eat whatever we want or to skip exercise (just this once). Maybe we have lost just enough weight to be away from those hideous feelings that we felt 40 pounds ago. We have not reached our goal but we wonder if maybe it’s o.k. to quit anyway.
“So don’t get tired
of doing what is good.
Don’t get discouraged and give up,
for we will reap a harvest of blessing
at the appropriate time.” Gal. 6:9
In the Bible, God admonishes us to not “grow weary in well-doing…” (Galatians 6:9). He knows that we make great progress in the beginning of our journey but lose our enthusiasm along the way. So, how exactly do we not grow weary and press onto the goal?
Scripture talks about keeping a goal, a vision and a purpose for our lives. The Old Testament says that “without a vision, the people perish (Proverbs 29:18). Perish; that’s a pretty strong word. Without a goal for which to strive, we actually shrivel up and die. How does this apply to our journey? Think of the times that you have lost weight for a wedding, a high school reunion, or upcoming event. When that event is over, you celebrate your accomplishment by eventually gaining all your weight back and MORE. Defeated, you wait for the next external event to re-motivate you. How this cycle wreaks havoc on your body!
“…without a vision
the people perish.”
It seems therefore, that it would make more sense to find an internal motivation that will sustain you throughout you journey. For example, instead of making your goal to lose weight for a given event, you could adopt one or more of the following goals:
My goal is to learn how to glorify God in my body.
My goal is to be free from the idol of food in my life.
My goal is to tear down the stronghold (and possibly the generational curse) of obesity or food addiction.
My goal is to be free from the obsession of food.
My goal is to remove any hindrance that diminishes my destiny in God.
My goal is to let my light so shine before men that My Father in Heaven is glorified.
My goal is to be “whole- spirit, soul, and body” (I Thess. 5:23)
My goal is to be pleasing to God.
My goal is to be an overcomer in this area of my life.
We need to talk openly about our discouragement. Everyone has experienced it. Maybe the person you confide in can encourage you in what worked for him/her. There is strength in confessing how we feel and asking for help. Go back to the basics. Start a food journal again. Count calories, points, fat grams, or whatever program has been working for you, Write it down and show it to someone. Increase your attendance at meetings or support groups. Maybe you’ve gotten out of your routine with summer. Commit to meet someone to get you back on the road to consistent exercising. Tell yourself that you can do hard things. God’s Spirit inside of you will give you the diligence, self-control, and power to follow through on your commitments. Ask Him for help. He and a host of angels are cheering you on. He wants you to succeed and will help you through this rough time!
This article is by Jennifer Cecil, M.Ed., LPC