The holiday season has started, and social media is rife with the first influx of this year’s holiday snaps, freshly bronzed co-workers appearing back at the office with a tan, While you’re still doing your best impression of a smurf! Pale blue is the new bronzed I promise you!
You start by thinking how good you would look with a tan and then you think how good you would look a stone lighter and before you know it you’re googling local slimming world and easy keto diet meals and so we have it, welcome to crash diet season!
Google search: is it possible to lose a stone in three days?
Google search: how much weight do you lose when you poo?
Google search: can I lose weight if I clip my toenails?
For me, it seems to be the more I try to eat healthily, the more my body craves sugar.
I’m always good on the first day, maybe the second day, but then I slip up and eat something naughty and I then I have a defeated attitude (oh well, that’s my diet ruined now. I may as well just have a chippy for dinner, no point sticking to it now it’s destroyed).
Come on, I know I’m not alone on this one. Who else does this, packs in the diet because of a small blip on Tuesday and says the famous words I’ll start next Monday.??
My friend would tell me that it’s the same thing as getting a puncture and going out to your car and slashing the other three tyres. Who does that?
Maybe for you, it’s not dieting, but I’ve a feeling we all do it in our own way. And the enemy absolutely loves it when we do.
We miss church, and we think, ah well no point going to the small group this week either. I’ll start fresh next week.
We start our day by forgetting to read our devotional and just think, ah well I can begin better tomorrow, no point trying to study scripture now.
We tell a lie to a friend and don’t come clean, instead we tell more lies to cover up.
We get into a conversation of gossip and rather than stopping dead we continue and we think next time I’ll not do that.
We lose our patience at the checkout queue and rather than apologising we go on to huff and puff and let the cashier know how annoyed we are.
we are bad tempered with our kid and shout and, well it’s done now so you keep shouting because, well it’s working better than your patience.
What if we watched porn when we try hard to keep a pure heart; we think oh well we have messed up now and just keep doing it every day.
What if it was one night we had sex with our partner and thought well we have done it now, may as well keep having sex.
There are lots of situations we can find ourselves in where rather than putting an end to a harmful habit we continue it.
The enemy gets in and plays on our mistake, we feel guilty, we feel shame, and we keep going. Repeating our bad habit, we distance ourselves from God, our friends, accountability partners. We lie and cover-up. Basically, we slash the other three tyres and, before we know it, we have spiralled out of control and are lost in hopelessness and despair. Desperate to change but not knowing how to end the cycle. How do we fix the mess we have managed to get ourselves in.
God says, My Grace is sufficient for you
“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT
We are not meant to rely on our own strength to get out of our pickles that we get in. God wants us to turn to him in our weakness, in our mess to come to him and confess. Acknowledge our mistake, our need for help, ask for and then receive his forgiveness.
“Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”
Lamentations 3:23 NLT
The scriptures say God will renew your mind.. if you let him. That means you first taking it to God, receiving it and allowing him to work in you.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Romans 12:2 ESV
I love this quote by Lisa Bevere.
God has enough mercy to cover even the biggest mistake. So don’t write off your whole day because you made a mistake. Don’t write off a month because you made two mistakes. Don’t even write off a morning because well its only 10am and you have already screamed at your kids, given the bird to a fellow road user and told your boss to eff off at least six times under your breath. STOP. BREATHE. Invite God into the situation right where you are. PRAY for God’s forgiveness and ask him to come and renew your mind.
You don’t need to bring an unblemished goat to the tabernacle for a sin offering. You don’t need to go to church to confess your sin to the pastor. You don’t need to kneel beside your bed with hands clasped and eyes tightly closed to talk to God. You can do it exactly where you are with your eyes open, and you don’t even need to say it out loud because God knows your thoughts before you say a word.
“Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. Psalm 139:4
Stop slashing tyres and turn to God!
Tyres are too expensive, and you are far too valuable