This week’s challenge: Make the better choice more often.
At first glance, when Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:27 (NLT) “I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should”, it seems that he is referring to inflicting pain on the body. Taking a closer look, we learn that he is not talking about physical pain at all but rather developing the mental and emotional fortitude to control his appetites and passions. This is no easy task.
Scientists estimate that you and I are faced with about 35,000 choices per day. Researchers at Cornell University believe that over 200 of those choices are about food. Yikes! How in the world can we decide on a single path in the face of all of these options and often despite our feelings and emotions?
I believe that our challenge in these tempting situations is to think beyond the moment. We can do this by asking ourselves one simple question:
Will I be happy with the outcome of this decision?
The Bottom Line:
What feels good in the moment rarely feels good down the road. Skipping the workout or indulging in the treat satisfies our immediate need but often robs of what we want most. Can I get a witness?
This week, let us ask God for the wisdom and discipline to make the better choice more often. We will not always get it right. We are on a journey with God; change is a process. BUT every time we make the better choice we get a little stronger and a little closer to becoming the man or woman we have always wanted to be.
Be encouraged and talk soon,