Friday, July 17, 2015

In your patience lose ye your weight

Using a contest members of our church did; following the example of the “Biggest Loser”. We set up a weekly weight in and who ever lost the most at the end won.
Elder Green wrote this:

"Respect the distance or the distance won't respect you! It will eat you up, spit you out and make you beg for mercy" - Unknown

I like the opening quote because this is the key to 'winning' this contest. As a runner, the distance in determined in the distance or the miles of a race, but for you, the distance is measured in time. Eighteen weeks of disciplining yourself and bringing this flesh under subjection. These next eighteen weeks are the same length of time that I use to train for a marathon. I have trained for eight marathons and if there is one thing that could cause you to quit is the length of time it takes to train. The beginning is always exciting and full of renewed hope and idealism, but somewhere in the middle, when the pressure is really on, things begin to wane and it takes sheer determination to remain focused and persist toward the mark you first set out to achieve. To remain disciplined to a structured schedule over the next eighteen weeks is not as easy as it may seem. Like I said, the beginning is always 'easy' because of the newness of the venture, but time, and time alone, will reveal what substance you are made of and eighteen weeks is a LONG time. There will be some who will fall by the wayside. There will be some who will make it half way before finally giving in to the demands of the schedule. But there will be a handful of people who will make it to the end. James Whitcomb Riley said, “The most essential factor is persistence - the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.”

You may say within yourself right now, "Well now, that's discouraging. Why are you writing about people quitting and not being able to make it?" I am writing this blog today, early in the contest, to help you in the future. You need to 'respect the distance'! The time will come when discouragement will hit. You will not always be on a high level of excitement. There will be times when you will feel all alone and the best option will seem to be opting out! I know. I have been there! You will come to a place, and it may be more than once, where you will face a wall and there will be two choices...quit or go on! B.G. Jett said it this way, "If the word quit is part of your vocabulary, then the word finish is likely not." Jesus said in Luke 21:19 "In your patience possess ye your souls." If there is one characteristic of this flesh that is certain, it’s very impatient. It wants everything NOW and its own way. Many times we make hasty decisions because we are impatient. “Endurance is patience concentrated.” (Thomas Carlyle) As you battle old habits, wrong thinking, and time...I am here to remind you, this contest will take patience! In your patience lose ye your weight!

“Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.” (William Barclay) The Lord Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our Faith, refuse to quit and endured the cross. When He came up out of the grave it was evident He wasn't the same! Yes eighteen weeks is a fairly long length of time, but think about the power and the victory you will have at the end of it all. YOU will not be the same. YOU will have overcome obstacles that you once deemed impossible. YOU will have achieved milestones you assumed only others could have. YOU will truly be a new YOU!

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” - Calvin Coolidge

That is the end of his blog post. I continue it on with the principle Romans 1: 20 teaches us and as he already implied.
[Rom 1:20 KJV For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:]

When you start out living for God, it’s fresh and new. Yes giving up some sin might have a tug on you, but being filled with the Holy Ghost you overcome. Five years, ten years and on, the distance from that first love is there as well as the distance to the finish line. Living for God is a daily, lifetime occurrence. Just like trying to lose weight or achieve any goal there is things you must discipline, give up, endure and struggle with to reach that goal. But the question we forget over time is why we started it. Is the goal still worth it? When it comes to Jesus, the answer is yes. Remember many have done this before and it is possible to do.
[Heb 12:1 KJV] 1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,]
Start looking at it with that first love view and from the new creature in Christ that you are and are being.
Repeating what was written:

“Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.” (William Barclay) The Lord Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our Faith, refuse to quit and endured the cross. When He came up out of the grave it was evident He wasn't the same! Yes eighteen weeks is a fairly long length of time, but think about the power and the victory you will have at the end of it all. YOU will not be the same. YOU will have overcome obstacles that you once deemed impossible. YOU will have achieved milestones you assumed only others could have. YOU will truly be a new YOU!

Submitted by Tina Marie [Main blog post by Elder David Green]

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