Saturday, November 4, 2017

Day Six: Stumbling Blocks and Stepping Stones

Weekends are great!  I love getting off on Friday afternoon, and even more so when there is the promise of beautiful weather!   But weekends can also be my downfall.  For some reason, my body likes to think of Saturday and Sunday as free-for-all days.  It takes effort to eat responsibly.

May I be painfully honest with you?  I am not at a place where obedience to God is more important to me than gluttony.   It’s a hard truth that I admit.  As I sit with a great meal before me, I choose to overeat…and I usually recognize that point where I am getting full.   But still I eat.

Food is necessary for life, a stepping stone, you might say.   It is also my stumbling block.  On The Brown Recluse/Margaret’s Musings, I have preached being responsible with yourself.  Usually, I am talking about getting drunk at places where there are lots of alcohol and lots of over-indulgence.   But I should pay attention to my own directive and be responsible for my health and well-being by being careful about what I put into my body…God’s temple. 

Create in me a clean heart (and a tender heart), O God, and renew a steadfast (unwavering, committed, loyal, dedicated, true, trusty and faithful) spirit within me.  (Psalm 51:10) 

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
(Isaiah 41:10)

Memorize This Week:   Psalm 103

I got a part of it memorized.
Lesson learned:  Memorize verses at a time, not chapters.

When you run into a stumbling block:  Step over it, step around it, step on it to make it a stepping stone, but take that step!  It’s the only way to continue the journey.  Stay where you are today and you’ll still be where you’ve been when tomorrow arrives.

I can’t argue the fact that sometimes it feels good to stay where you are and do nothing.  We must be careful to not grow stagnant while we are resting.

1 comment:

betty said...

If you are out to eat and have the meal set before you, ask for a to go box and dish up right then and there how much you don't want to eat while you are there at the restaurant (make sense?) Do it at the beginning and enjoy the rest of your meal and the company you are with. If at home, plan some of the meal for leftovers for work or another night and pack the stuff away before you start eating. It is ridiculous the amount of food served at some restaurants, more than twice the recommended portions.

There will always be stumbling blocks, but make sure you do go over those stepping stones, no matter what it takes to keep on going on.