It’s been a few weeks since I have written an update on my health journey. I guess the primary reason is that not much has happened.
I weighed in again today, as I do every Wednesday, only to find I’m stuck at the same weight I’ve been at for the last three weeks.
It’s most frustrating this week because I took some extra steps toward healthier eating (like not eating after dinner) and being more active. In my mind that all should have added up to some small result on the scale. But it didn’t.
As I contemplate this, I’m reminded of other areas in life that I get frustrated by lack of results, too. Parenting – I can speak the wisest words to my children, but they won’t necessarily heed them. Friendship – sometimes my investment never is reciprocated. Even cleaning! – I can clean for an hour yet still be dissatisfied because it doesn’t stay clean for longer than a day around here.
So, I’m tempted to ask myself, “Why keep trying?”
I keep trying because the unseen results are far more valuable than the seen. The obedience I am learning, the ability to say no to cravings, and the peace and comfort that comes with filling up on God rather than on food – All of these things are conforming my inner self into the image of my Savior.
Whether my outer-self will continue to change, that remains to be seen.
So, I’m not on a diet. I’m on a journey with Jesus to learn the fine art of self-discipline for the purpose of holiness. ~Lysa TerKeurst Made to Crave
My result this week wasn’t what I had hoped for. But, it led me to inspect the more beautiful and lasting results this journey has wrought in my life. In recognizing those results, I’m motivated to keep trying and to endure – to pursue holiness in every area of life.
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”
1 Peter 1:14-16