Wow! Two weeks until Christmas! I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m a little behind!
This is the time that, if we aren’t careful, we totally lose the focus of what this season is all about. It’s not about the decorations, it’s not about the gifts and it’s certainly not about the food. How easily we get caught up in the commercialism and hype that we are continuously bombarded with on television, in the stores and even with our friends and family.
Christmas is a birthday party. It is a celebration of a tiny baby Savior who came to save us all. Now that is a gift!
As the stress and temptations of the season surround us, take a moment and just breathe. Focus on what we are really celebrating and if you have a setback, make that u-turn. Don’t get discouraged, set your mind on progress, not perfection. The further we go on this journey, the more natural it will feel and the better our bodies will feel! At the same time, remember that every choice we make, affects us and those around us. Make it a good one!
Open the door and let God in. He will guide us every step of the way.
In His light,
Never Let Down
The Daniel Plan
God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it. —1 Corinthians 10:13 MSG
As we’re on The Daniel Plan and trying to move forward in five essential areas of health, we are bound to face temptations to quit. We are bound to face setbacks and relapses. That’s part of growing—three steps forward and two steps back. When the steps back happen, we don’t need to be discouraged.
God will never let us down, and he’ll never let us be pushed past what we can endure. He will move in close and offer help if we let him. “Let God work his will in you. … Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time” (James 4:7-8 MSG).
Instead of focusing on the two steps back, it’s helpful to celebrate the three steps forward.
Progress is what matters, not perfection. If there are gradually more forward days than back days, it will lead to big results. As Paul says in Romans 8:28, God will fit everything together for good, even our failures.
Food for Thought: Amid evert setback and temptation, God is at your side. He’s helping you up and speeding you on your way again toward victory.