Jeremiah 29:11-13 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
I always get a little sarcastic grin on my face when someone tells me that they are going to do something but they don’t have a plan to accomplish it. Sarcastic because I think about the times I have tried to do things without planning ahead. It is difficult and usually the results don’t match what is in my head. I remember my father telling me, “If you aim for nothing you’ll hit it every time.” And he has been right over and over again.
There was a man who approached me one time about my weight loss journey. He told me that he wanted to lose weight and that he needed to slim down about 30 pounds. In honesty he probably needed to lose about 2.5 times that much but I was not about to correct him. I asked him how he planned on losing weight. He smiled and said, “Sheer will-power”. I told him that if I had to do it on will-power I would never have been able to get as far as I have. He simply said, “I guess that’s the difference between you and I.” That was several years ago and that man weighs more today than he did then.
We can’t do it on our own by just having good intentions, well-wishes, and will-power. I believe that there is a place in our efforts for building will-power and self-determination and self-control. But to try to do it all by willing it is like trying to move a 2-ton weight with just brute strength. It is doomed from the start.
The great thing is that we don’t have to do it alone. And we don’t have to just rest on on own strength.
My will-power is wonderful and strong in the morning and afternoons but in the evening, when the sun goes down, the monster comes out in me and will-power goes out the window. I need a plan to keep me on track. I need some kind of strategy to help subdue the restless beast that just wants to eat.
In my weight loss journey I have noticed that I do much better when I am on a plan and have some means of accountability and support. After battling with the same 5 pounds for the last few months I decided it was time to rejoin WeightWatchers (I am not advocating one plan over another but this is the best option for me).
As I walk with Jesus, I find that when I walk in my own plans and will-power I usually end up frustrated and entangled in my own weaknesses. So I learn to trust the Lord, step-by-step, minute by minute, as I walk with him in the Light of our God. God knows the plans he has for me. If I try to do it on my own I will fail and fail miserably.
Dear God Almighty, I trust you. I need you. I praise you for being there whenever I call… whenever I fall. You are my God and my strength. Forgive me where my will gets in the way of your plans for me. Forgive me when I run too far ahead or when I lag behind. Thank you for Jesus Christ, your Holy Spirit, and your Word which inspires me and gives me daily renewal. I ask for your blessings in the name of Jesus, the Christ, my Lord, Amen.
“Successful weight loss takes programming, not willpower.”
“Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.”