I don’t want to WORSHIP my fitness practices (goals).
But I also don’t want to go back to worshipping food either. aka: donuts, candy, cake, soda, ice-cream… (I think you get the picture)
We all know these people. Their health initiatives/practices are their identity. It’s who they are known as. I don’t want to become one of those people. I’m a pastor and a strong follower of Jesus…THAT needs to be my identity.
This was me about six weeks ago…only not a woman. Sweets were a distraction. They were easy, cheap, and tasted great. Today, I can honestly say that I rarely battle the indulgent temptations that used to cause me to gravitate toward unhealthy things. I’m enjoying exercising. I’m doing great at hitting my daily health goals. And that’s awesome!
But I’ve noticed something.
My quiet time with Jesus in the mornings has been affected. Nothing serious. But it could easily become a problem if I allow it.
What I’m really getting at is this. How do we continue to work diligently at our personal goals AND NOT have our Spiritual growth suffer along the way? Here are 4 things I believe you and I can (should) do regularly to T.E.S.T. where our priorities are.
Think | Right now, think about it and really ask, “Is _______ taking priority over my Spiritual growth and life?” It starts by honestly asking ourselves this.
Evaluate | If something is out of order, why? How did this happen? Really take time to pray about this, because knowing the answer to this will become key in getting things back in alignment.
Scheme | Take what we know from that evaluation time and scheme a plan. Somehow, we need to move forward with our goals differently so that we can avoid the mistakes that landed us here. Change things up a little. Same goals, altered approach.
Tweak | (careful, not Twerk) Similar to scheme, but this is taking that step. This is making the new plan a reality. Also, share your new plan with someone. Ask them for accountability. Trust me, this really helps.
For me, this simply means I don’t go into social media areas at all in the mornings until AFTER I’ve had my quiet time. After I’ve at least read a devotional thought and prayed for my day.
Call To Action! Has this been you? What would you add to this list? May you achieve your personal goals, and may Jesus walk intimately with you every step of the way.
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