Genesis 4:6-7 – Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
So often on our weight-loss journey we get caught up in the past failures. The can get us thinking what’s the use. Jackie Gleason once said that the second day of a diet is much better than the first. That’s because by the second day we have quit!
We should be motivated by our past mistakes to start new each day. My grandmother used to say, “tomorrow is another day.” I always felt like saying, “well duh!” But when you think about it is a pretty good saying. Kind of like the one that goes, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” Each day is a clean slate to try to do better.
My group leader gave this advise. “Forget the past, gain strength for the present, and prepare for the future.” This is good advise to live by. We can’t do anything about the past other than wallow in self-pity, regrets, and could have been.
What do regrets and disappointments accomplish. Nothing. They get us frustrated and discouraged to the point where we are useless… useless to God, useless to others, useless to ourselves. And that feeling of uselessness only triggers us to feel worse. So we set ourselves up for disappointment again and again. And we don’t fail to deliver on it.
That’s why we have to forget the past and gain strength for the present. I know that there are times when I gain my strength through God only for the moment I am in. I have to ask for strength by the day, hour, and sometimes by the minute. Especially when my desires outweigh my personal strength.
It was during the Passion week a few years back that I decided to fast. I was surprised at how easy the first day was. The second day was harder but my focus on God got me through. But the third day I found myself weak from the lack of food and the things that I had to do. It was hard to concentrate and my mood was fragile. But in that weakness I found my strength in the Lord. My prayers seemed more sincere, my Bible study seemed deeper, and I relied on God more closely.
We also need to plan for the future. I constantly keep my current goal in front of me. When I make one of my weight goals I set a new one and begin to plan for my success.
Don’t get bogged down on woulda, shoulda, coulda!
Lord God, Thank you for the strength for this moment. Help me to draw closer to you as I forget my past failures, embrace your strength for the moment, and plan for the future. I pray these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.
“The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”