Daily Bible Reading: Galatians 6: 1 – 5
Now, I know what you’re thinking. What does this passage have to do with weight loss, and why is this the first passage you chose for this challenge?
I have a reason. I promise. There are two verses in this passage I want to focus on – verse 2 and verse 5.
Verse 2: Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Verse 5: For every man shall bear his own burden.
When you first read those verses, it seems like the Bible is contradicting itself. Let me assure you, it’s not. In my Bible, written beside verse 5, I have the words, “There are some things you are just going to have to bear alone.”
As I prayed and studied and prayed more about the direction I wanted to take this challenge, the Lord kept bringing me back to these two verses.
In weight loss, and in this challenge specifically, I will be your cheerleader. I will pray for you, encourage you, cheer you up when you are feeling down, and celebrate your successes. BUT, I cannot fight the temptation for you. I cannot put the doughnut back in the box or force you to get up and exercise. Those are things you must decide to do yourself.
When my alarm goes off in the morning – some days as early as 4am, it is my responsibility to get up and moving. It’s my responsibility to stay away from the Fruity Pebbles cereal that’s calling my name from the pantry. Yes, there are some burdens you can help me bear, but with weight loss, most of the burdens I have to bear alone. Temptation is going to surround me every day, *I* have to be strong enough to fight it, because you can’t fight it for me.
I know that this is a weight loss challenge, and our goal is to lose weight and get in shape physically. But, I also want this to be a Spiritual challenge. I want you to look at the amount of time you are devoting to your Savior every day. Do you rush through your quiet time just so you can say, “Ok. I read my Bible today.” My prayer is that at the end of these 4 weeks, not only will you be stronger physically, but also spiritually. I want you to have a stronger desire to spend more time in His word which will strengthen your relationship with him. In turn, when we get to the point where we can choose God over the Goodies hiding in our pantry, we have done well, and we have strengthened ourselves physically as well.It takes 3 weeks to develop a habit, which is why I set this challenge to last 4 weeks. I want you to pick one area physically and one area spiritually where you want to improve over the next 4 weeks, and focus on those two areas. It can be as big or as small as you want it to be, it doesn’t matter. I just want you to pick something that will help you draw closer to Christ as well as something that will help strengthen you physically.
1. What are your physical and spiritual goals for the next 4 weeks? (Examples include: Lose 5 pounds, tone my arms, spend 20 minutes in prayer daily, develop daily Bible reading…etc.) There is no wrong answer here!
2. Which do you foresee as your biggest struggle in this challenge? Physical or Spiritual? Why?
Task for today: Since today is day 1, I recommend that you write down your starting weight and measurements and take a day 1 picture. You don’t have to show them to anyone, but keep them for yourself. Believe me, when you finally reach your goals, you’re going to be proud of how far you’ve come!
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