Where is my hope…
My alarm went off at 3:45 this morning. I struggled momentarily to know what day of the week it was. When I realized it was Monday, my first instinct was to roll over and stay in the bed. For a moment, I even considered laying out of work. My body feels worn out. That isn’t the way you want to start the week, is it?
Last week was a whirlwind of a week for my family. Due to unexpected circumstances, Casey and I had to make the decision to throw our routine out the window. This was a big part of the reason my body was so tired. Another reason “might have been” the Chinese food and ice cream that I ate yesterday evening.
Yep, that’s right. I “fell off the bandwagon” yesterday when it comes to my nutrition plan, for one meal anyway. And, just as I expected, I highly regret it this morning. I was honestly disappointed in the food. It was good; don’t get me wrong. But I believe my taste has changed so much since I have been eating clean since the holidays. Foods that are rich in sodium, fat, and sugar really just don’t have the same control over me. And I have found when I indulge in them, they leave me feeling terrible.
What to do when you fall down…
I was able to share the message at our church yesterday morning and it was one that, as usual, I think was more for things going on in my life than anyone else. I shared about the 3 keys to facing and defeating your giant(s): Perception, Passion, and Persistence.
I believe that all of these are important to the goal of defeating the giants in our lives, but if I think one is more critical than the others, it would probably be our commitment to persistence. To win the battle, we have to commit to daily actions that slowly but surely lead us in that direction.
There is a quote in my new journal from John Maxwell that reminds me of the importance of my daily behaviors:
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine”
The things I do consistently are the things that will lead me to the future success or failure. And when we fall down, like I did yesterday, we have to get right back up and keep moving. It is not the daily stumbles that lead us to failures. It is the refusal to admit our failures and get back on target.
This verse was helpful this morning to me:
“The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again”
(Proverbs 24:16 NLT).
I stumbled yesterday in my nutrition plan. And I must really admit that I willingly stumbled. Casey didn’t talk me into it or force it on me. She didn’t even eat Chinese food or ice cream. That isn’t her idea of a cheat meal. I chose to divert from my commitment, really out of a momentary desire, but it was my choice. And it really wasn’t what I thought it would be in the end.
I messed up yesterday. That is a fact. Yet, I have a decision to make today. I can choose to allow the activities from yesterday to dictate my attitude and actions for today, or I can admit that I stumbled, pick myself up, and get back on track. This was actually my prayer this morning. I don’t want to spend too much time in regret of what I did yesterday. I can’t change the past, but I can learn from it and move on. That is my goal for today.
Where does my hope rest…
As I sat down to write this post, I thought about the verse in Proverbs 24. But another verse came to my mind as well. When I think of a new day, I think of this passage from Lamentations, specifically verses 21-22.
“The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. 20 I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. 21 Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: 22 the faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. 23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. 24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” 25 The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. 26 So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord”
(Lamentations 3:19-26 NLT).
As I read through the passage to find verses 21-22, I really thought about how this entire passage is a good reminder to us.
Not only do I need to remind myself that today is a new day and I have the choice to start fresh, but I need to remind myself that my hope really is in the Lord, not in my ability or inability to perform to a given standard, or in this case: stick to a nutrition plan. No, my hope, my salvation, my inheritance, and my eternal security rests in the Lord Jesus Christ, not in my performance.
And today, I hope that no matter what you have faced recently or how you have performed, you will find new mercy and grace in the Lord Jesus Christ this morning.