Ever notice when you indulge a little in life, slowly you’re looking at yourself wondering “when did this happen”. This happens when you indulge in too much food and overtime you don’t notice it, but one day you put on jeans, a shirt, or get on a scale and you’re like “WOW”! Or when you’re in school and you have your routine to study, then you indulge in social activities more frequently than before, less on studies and more on social stuff, until the end of the semester comes and you don’t get the grade you thought you would because you don’t know everything you thought you did.
It’s so much easier to just keep up with your routine and not sway too far from it because the little things add up and eventually the small habits you create become your lifestyle. It’s so much easier maintaining a healthy diet, maintaining great study habits than it is trying to come back from a deficit. It requires dedication, mental, and emotional, and even physical strength but at anytime in your life you can look at your life and smile because you feel good about where you are. Walk by a mirror and see if you don’t look twice because you know you’re looking good. Take an exam and try not to have a silent “yes” because you did well. It’s the little things that add up. But indulge in fat foods, sweets, two or three times portion size and see if you walk by the mirror and feel the same way. Go out with friends all day or all night or hang out with family and leave your laptop closed and see if you get a silent “yes”. Yes, sometimes it even requires limited time with family.
For anyone that has ever tried to lose weight after unhealthy eating habits or even having a baby, you know it is HARD work. You might even begin to say something like, “I can’t believe I let myself get this big”. Now you’re causing yourself to bring shame into you life, causing you to feel depressed and making the struggle to lose weight even harder because it’s not just physical now, it’s emotional. In school, when you get a bad grade and your GPA goes down, it take a lot of hard work in future classes for several semesters (each semester is about 4 months, so if it took you 1 year that would be 8 months) just to bring your GPA back up only .3 or .4. That’s a lot of hard work.
Isn’t this similar to our walk with God? We can do the work everyday and create a lifestyle around God’s Word, God’s Ways, and God’s Will and at anytime look at our life and think “Wow, I’m truly blessed and highly favored”. But the minute we start to indulge in worldly experience, we sometimes continue those small habits and eventually it becomes our walk, it becomes our lifestyle. It’s the little things that add up. It’s not always one big grand action. And with the shame, disgust, helplessness, hopelessness, we are in an emotional battle along with our spiritual battle. . . and sometimes a physical battle depending on what you’ve done.
Ask yourself, is it worth it to indulge in the little things? Things you once missed, you won’t anymore because the trade off is so much greater. And if you do indulge and get out of your spiritual routine, don’t let negative emotions keep you down, remember YOU are loved, unconditionally, and YOU have grace and mercy. We all fall short and I thank God that He is there even when we have loosened our fingers with his. So today, make a decision…..get back into your routine.
Look in the mirror, make a declaration in your faith walk that you will no longer indulge, even in little things. Use those spare minutes to write a prayer for someone, thank God that you are able to get an education, thank God for your job, thank God for your kids, your health, your car, your eyesight, being in your right mind.