Galatians 6:9 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Sometimes in our Christian walk we get tired of trying. “What’s the use,” we say, “evil always wins.” We plug on mightily when things are going well but when we meet a few bumps in the road or if the way gets really difficult we want to sulk and pout.
We’re in good company. Elijah had won a mighty spiritual victory on Mount Carmel. God defeated four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah. Then when Jezabel threatened him Elijah ran all the way to the mountain of God. But God listened to his grumbling and raised up new prophets to do the work of God.
We sometimes want to tuck our tail between our legs when we fail at our weight loss journey. It is easy to do. We might be embarrassed or ashamed. Or we might have really tried hard and nothing just seemed to help this week. It is the hardest defeat of all when you are trying to lose weight and doing everything right and when you step on the scale there isn’t any change.
So here is my advise. Don’t give up.
Okay, it sounds simple… too simple. It is easier said then done.
But you have to keep a conscious effort going. You have to get your head and your heart in the game. No distractions.
When my daughter trains a horse she has to keep it’s mind focused all the time or else it will get lazy and start taking short cuts. If the horse thinks you will let him get away with it then it will take even more shortcuts. If you are going to show this horse it has to do the same thing exactly right every time. So when you think the horse is starting to go through the motions you have to “keep it forward”. You have to remind the horse of what he should be doing.
We really aren’t much different. If we start thinking like we should give up then we will either give up or start taking shortcuts. Our head isn’t in the game because our heart is somewhere else.
That is why I keep focusing my eyes on Jesus and filling my heart and mind with his word. It keeps me in the game in both my Christian life and my weight loss efforts. Jesus keeps me forward!
So don’t quit. Don’t think about giving up. Put your eyes on Jesus and redouble your efforts. Our reward is not today… It’s down the line.
Dear God, I praise you for your mighty power, wisdom, and providence. Keep me focused on Jesus and help me to withstand the temptation to give up. I want to succeed in all I do so that I can give the glory to my God and my King. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“Never, never, never, never give up.”
“You’re never beaten until you admit it.”
-George S. Patton