Oh the first page of Chapter 3 so got my attention! I was just thinking on this the other day. In order to overcome my bad habits I need to do more than wish, hope and pray. I need to be actively doing my part! Yes, God hears my prayers and will answer them but I still need to do my part. I put forth the effort!
I love how Lysa got my attention with this sentence “we want the results but have no desire to put in the work required.” Where have I wanted results to magically and prayerfully appear but I have not be willing to put in the work:
- I want a clean and organized home
- I want to stop skipping meals
- I want to stop grabbing sweets
- I want to stop wasting time searching for lost items
- I want energy
So just as Lysa needed a plan, so do I. I need to ignore the screams of putting things off, the screams of my bed calling me, the screams of my phone and escapes from life. I need to replace those things screams with God’s Word, determination, discipline and accountability.
Just as Lysa’s food choices were sabotaging her life. My skipping meals is sabotaging every area of my life – my body, my mental energy, my physical energy, my mood, my outlook and it opens the door for procrastination.
I have tried a million and one times to break these bad habit. I have learned the million and one ways that don’t work for me! Now I am going to learn what does work and overcome these bad habits. On page 39 there are two big key points for me. (1) I will need to make tough sacrifices, however, I don’t have to think of it as denying myself but as embracing healthy choices. (2) The mental and spiritual lessons gained in this journey will be the very thing that will equip me for the long haul.
So what’s my plan?
- Protecting my “castle”
- Focusing on the LORD
- Doing the work that is required
- Having accountability
In order to have a plan though I need clear goals – what do I hope to change in my life as I go through this study:
- A healthy balance in between perfectionism and procrastination
- Not skipping meals, cooking supper at home most nights
- Getting rid of the clutter in my life – mentally and physically
- More energy – being more active
- Above all to crave God most of all
My goals and my plan are in writing – now the hard work begins and temptation will increase. The only thing left – accountability. Without this I know I will slip back into my old excuses, rationalizations and putting things off. For my accountability is a huge thing!!!
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