- Cyndi Benson
For whatever reason, it seems to be Human nature to want to be in control of every aspect of our lives. So much so that when we "commit" to something, at some point we forget what we committed to and go our own way. When its pointed out that we are off track, we can get downright defensive and nasty. We don't want to take control of the responsibility of our own mistakes. We would rather blame shift than admit WE screwed up.
Failure to accept blame for ones mistakes is not an option. It's just a poor choice.
Speaking as a man, it may be a pride issue. We feel emasculated if we have to admit fault or failure in anything we do. After all, we are MAN, we are INFALLIBLE in our own minds. When we are young, we are 10 foot tall and bullet proof. We tell everyone that "we got this' when truth be told, we have nothing but nerve and reckless abandon.
When we reach "middle-age" we then seem to have a "crisis" and feel that there is something left undone from our youth that we must revisit in order to regain our "masculinity" that we lost due to a relationship, a job, or regardless of whether we made an impulsive choice and got trapped into something, or just weren't paying attention, fall short of our expected turn of events.
Whether we are male or female, married or single, we tend to let the convenience of grabbing food on the go, quick cook instant packaged and processed foods lull us into a false sense of accomplishment. By this I mean, we feel that because we are eating something, anything, we are meeting our bodies needs, thus allowing us to work harder later and slowly poison ourselves all at the same time. Consuming the boxed and processed foods introduces additives into our diets. These additives are solely there to make you crave that particular food. Thus we are programmed into an addiction without even knowing it.
We stay up late, eat late, don't sleep, become lethargic, stressed, an though our bellies feel "full", we are slowly starving our bodies. We aren't taking in the necessary nutrients, vitamins and minerals our bodies need to fight off disease, premature aging, and environmental stresses. Then we blame "the job" or "the relationship". The fact is, we are sickly, overweight, and out of shape, not because of outside influences, but because we "chose" not to take responsibility for the care of our bodies.
"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your Bodies." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
When we begin a journey, like The Grace and Strength Lifestyle, we have to deprogram, detox, and purify our "temples" from all the poisons and culinary abuse we have put it through over THE YEARS, not DAYS it took us to get to this point. Regardless of the weight we must lose, we must also lose spiritual strongholds and win the battle in our minds. We have to accept that WE are ultimately responsible for the condition we are in and NO ONE ELSE! We struggle through it because we still have old mindsets and pride and control issues that slow our progress to our goal. There IS a solution. All you have to do is accept these facts.
The hardest part of embracing the Grace and Strength Lifestyle is realizing:
1) That we have come to this program BECAUSE we WERE in control and it has taken its toll on our physical, Spiritual and Emotional well-being.
2) We have to let go of the need to control and comply with a proven God-given solution to weight loss (whether that weight be physical emotional OR Spiritual.)
3) We have to give ourselves permission to allow ourselves total access for Gods Divine plan for our lives. Letting go of fear, pride and rebellion and embracing peace that passes all understanding and learning who we are in Christ. Learning who God dreams us to be.
"For I know the Plans I have for you," declares the Lord,"plans to prosper you and not to harm you,plans to give you HOPE and a FUTURE." Jeremiah 29:11
When we realize that God committed to us LONG before we were born, and we enter into that relationship with open heart mind and spirit, ALL of the things that have held us back will drop off one by one revealing the true essence of who we are designed to be. Letting Go and letting God is SO simple in concept that we cannot accept in our finite mortal minds that it would be that simple. We suspiciously approach God because we can't believe that His love is so pure that He would make it that easy to be loved.
That is the basic foundation for Grace and Strength. Because God's love is so pure, His Grace overcomes our weaknesses and becomes our source of Strength to live the Lifestyle that will not only bless us with a longer life, but a deeper relationship and understanding of God. It is when we let go, that He steps in and makes possible, what our minds, flesh, friends and family say is impossible. Becoming not a NEW you but the REAL you. The YOU that God dreams you to be. The You that God is wanting to introduce you to and show the world. The you that God wants to use to have positive influence and impact in the hearts and minds of people you know, people you don't know, and more importantly, that person you see looking back at you in the mirror.
Be compliant, not defiant. Call on his name, read his word, and discover the WOW that He see's in you every day!
THAT'S the Grace and Strength Lifestyle!
Pray Seek Believe Receive
David Michael Rose
* Individual results may vary.
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