Saturday, February 9, 2013

Monkey wrenches in plans

You know just when you think your making progress in an area here comes the monkey wrench.  I honestly think it's just Satan messing with you.  Do you ever feel that way?  I've learned to look at these obstacles as a vote of confidence.  If you weren't doing something right Satan would have no reason to try and trip you up, right?

One area that I really strive to be disciplined about is diet and exercise most specifically over the last 9 months or so lots of exercise.  Honestly, I've been able to feel some amount of victory in this area.  I've tried to work out a couple times a week for the last few years with spurt of success but the past 8-9 months I had been able to up the anti and pushed it to 2 hours per day typically 4-5 days a week.

Exercising On A Gym Ball
no, not me...I don't take pictures while exercising!
It felt good.  I was losing some weight and actually almost enjoying it. 

Now the monkey wrench...my back since Thanksgiving week has began to cause more and more pain.  Last week I got the news from my Dr. that he no longer wants me to work-out, not even swim laps.  How discouraging....

So what's a girl to do?  Well, first I was quite discouraged, possibly even depressed for a few days but then after allowing for that I had to change my thinking.  I've got to find a way through this.

Often when it comes to leading a disciplined life I think it comes down to how you handle your "monkey wrench", whatever yours might be.  Think about it, the hard part of being disciplined in anything is not when everything goes as planned but it's when things don't that derails you.

Maybe after two weeks on a diet you only lose one pound and your mind says, "not worth it."  Or after getting up early to read your Bible and pray for a week straight you end up being awake most of the night for 3 nights with a sick child and just can't get out of bed in the morning.  What about when your house has been decluttered for a month and then you leave for the weekend and come home to a huge mess in almost every room that you have no energy for?

To be disciplined we have to "determine ahead" of time what our response will be to setbacks and actually plan for them.  This is called being intentional and is a tool that can help you in so many things.

Ahead of time decide there will be problems and ahead of time decide that you will move around or though them and giving up is not an options.

2 Corinthians 10:5 " We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  (NIV)

 

To be intentional is to decide ahead of time to not allow our mind to argue and offer such thoughts as, "it's not worth it", "you'll never get on track again" or "you really can't do this."  As soon as those thoughts come we "take them captive" and throw them in jail.  Then we again become obedient to Christ and continue to strive toward victory in the area we know God is wanting us to be disciplined in.

 

Easy, huh.  No, not easy but simple.   


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