Unless we have no financial responsibilities; family, physical, emotional or faith issues, we are pretty much guaranteed there will be personal work for us to to do every day of our lives.
I know I want to be healthy in mind, body and spirit, but sometimes I wonder, where do I start? I have daily responsibilities, so much to do it seems I can't keep up. Dropping out for a six month hiatus to re-center myself is simply not an option. I had a dark moment the other day when I felt as though I may never get to a place where I feel completely successful at anything... at least for more than a few minutes. Then I had a revelation...
I stood in the middle of a small neighborhood mini-mart. I was there to deliver dairy products but I felt hungry and compelled to buy something. I like to support our customers so making a small purchase is just a little something I like to do. Chips or cookies? Soda or chocolate? Savory or sweet? What would it be this time? I certainly didn't want milk so savory or sweet were my only choices. It all sounded good. I thought for a moment and wondered, what if I bought nothing at all? I wished then that the store had healthier choices but it didn't. What I really wanted was a bag of snap peas or baby carrots to munch. Leaving empty handed was difficult but I did it.
Thank God our next stop had my snap peas. I picked up an unsweetened green tea to go with them. Each bite, each sip was a sigh of relief and a dose of satisfaction. I realized in that moment that I don't have to change every aspect of my life all at once. One good choice made me feel like more good choices are possible. What a relief to know, God knows where I am and what I'm dealing in every part of my life. He knows what I am capable of doing in this moment and most certainly the next.
I'm sure radical, sudden and complete change is possible. I've actually been there and done that. God knows, one good choice at a time is what I can do right now. Maybe these positive changes I'm making, one good choice at a time, will last. I'm standing on faith and counting on God's plan for me, for a healthier mind, spirit and body. Heck I'll throw in financial freedom while I'm at it.
One good choice is all it took. One, good, choice made me feel like I could change my life and it didn't have to happen dramatically overnight. It's good to know, I don't have to take on every aspect of living all at once.
11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
New American Standard Bible