It can happen to all of us at any given time. We give in to an easier way of life. A more convenient and quicker lifestyle, for self-satisfaction, among other reasons.
For many of us this kind of attitude was developed in elementary school. When faced with a difficult or unfamiliar task we opted to ‘skirt around the issue’ and choose the quickest and most comfortable response. It often ended in a wrong answer causing us a failing grade. It became a learned approach for us and we took into adulthood.
Perhaps this response led to cheating on a test or just skipping a problem altogether, not dealing with it. An attitude became a practice and soon a character was developed. Our journey down the wrong road became ‘normal’.
These behaviors start in us at childhood and if they are not corrected and dealt with they can manifest into a destructive way of life as adults.
This is what I am personally dealing with today. Understanding that we can not dwell on our past failures it’s my hope that I am learning and growing from them, even in this mid-to-late stage of my life.
Because of the decisions I have often made when faced with one difficult area of my life or another some deadly habits were born. After I came to a saving faith in Jesus Christ in my late twenty’s I have had the desire to grow more like him.
I have often ‘missed the mark’, to borrow a familiar term, but the desire has always been there. Dear God please make me more like Jesus. The quest continues today.
A life of seemingly constant failure can poison a person’s heart and seriously damage their self-image. It has affected mine a great deal. However, it’s not a lost cause and I have faith that things are improving.
One problem area has been an unexpected and rather quick weight gain. A problem that has truly challenged my self-image. I’ve never dealt with this kind of situation before.
I don’t recall a time in my life when I gained an excess amount of weight (fat) so rapidly. It’s unerving to be sure. I can figure out exactly how it happened.
I do have an idea about the cause, however. My diet has never been one that was more healthy and nutritious for several years. This goes back to the quick and easy approach to a certain thing.
Eating an unhealthy diet has been one of the major problems within American society for many years. From childhood to adulthood Americans are some of the most unhealthy people anywhere. It’s a tragic testimony for our nation.
My own eating habits have never been ones of more healthy choices over unhealthy ones. It’s just much easier to choose a sandwich and chips over a cooked meal or a salad.
Because of this I have become highly digusted with myself, my appearance specifically. I’ve never liked anything about my physical appearance for a long time. My childhood consisted of embarrassment and being extremely shy. It’s common among children during the impressionable year’s and often a very difficult adolescence. We all go through it.
This being said, it’s high time for a change. In many areas change is greatly needed. The challenges will come, no doubt, and the choices won’t be easy, nor should they be. A personal goal is never easy if it is worth pursuing. Eating a healthier diet is no different than running a marathon. There must be a decision made, preparation and dedication. It’s that clear and simple.
I know what my mindset is about this challenging situation and now I have to get my heart lined up with my head.
The time is now and the goal is set. This isn’t going to be a daily choice but a moment-by-moment one.
With the help of the LORD I will succeed and I will be victorious. It will not be a quick turnaround but it will be a clear and certain result for the better.
Being disgusted with oneself stinks and it isn’t fun so the trick is to meet the challenge with a positive attitude and make wise choices each moment. Then good success will come.