How to START

My New Year’s resolution: join an aerobics class.  Stopping by the gym to pick up the program syllabus, I was invited to observe an on-going class.  As I stood, watching the Barbie doll instructor, I made two observations.   

#1.  If I wore that little aerobics outfit, I’d look like 100 pounds of Jell-O struggling to get out of a 25 pound sack.  #2. It would take a crane to get me off the floor when I fell.   

Thoroughly frustrated yet painfully aware of the need to change my lifestyle; I remembered a conversation I’d once had with an inmate at the county jail. She’d recently accepted Christ and was struggling with many life style changes. 

With the insight of the Holy Spirit, I told her that she should stop looking at ALL the stuff that had to change and begin to focus on starting ONE thing: start reading the Word of God.   

The Word of God changes your heart!  Once the heart is changed, attitudes and life styles change. No matter how strong worldly habits or how deep the scars, faithful daily exposure to God’s Word will, in time, heal, deliver and direct.  Start now. 

Exercise and diet are the same way; at my age and weight, I know it will take more than a plan, I have to START. I’ve set a time each day to walk; planning is essential to success!  But, the most important part of any plan is to START.  Once I start, if I remain faithful to my commitment, my whole lifestyle WILL change.   

I Corinthians 9:27 I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself. (The Message)

Prayer: Father, I WANT to serve you with all of my heart. Encourage me as I read your Word. Hold my heart close as I talk to you. I love you, thank you for loving me. Amen





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