Oh how I love these verses!  Everyday – be on guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong, and do everything in love.  Sounds like the recipe for a successful life.

But sometimes things don’t go that way and it’s hard.  It may be hard to be on guard because our fast-paced lives offer so many distractions.  It may be hard to stand firm in the faith when our culture pushes so much that is simply against it.  It may be hard to be courageous when everything looks so scary out there (racial tensions, rioting, shootings, etc. and the weirdest presidential election of all time).  It may be hard to be strong when you when you really want that donut or extra cup of coffee or 3rd glass of wine or whatever your vice happens to be.  And it may be very hard to do everything in love when you get cut off in traffic or your co-worker steals your idea or your spouse doesn’t do the dishes.

Living this life is hard.  Staying focused on what is truly important is not easy.  One thing I have struggled with for my entire adult life is my health.  And it’s exhausting and I get frustrated and I lose sight of what’s important.  I get wrapped up in the questions of how can I follow the advice of this verse when I can’t even take care of myself?  when I’m in pain from head to toe and nothing makes me feel better?  But if I slow down and take a deep breath, this is the space where Jesus and the Holy Spirit come in and reassure me.  Just take the next small step…. and then the next…. and without stressing over it I’m back on the path.

“Be on guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong, and do everything in love.”

I know this is how I want to live my life, how about you?  Take time to consider how you want to live your life and what you want your legacy to be.  When you find what resonates with you, commit to living that life.

Part of my commitment is dealing with my health issues and not hiding in bed under the covers with a tub of cookie dough ice cream (being strong!).  Today I was diagnosed with both a sensitivity to gluten – something I all ready suspected – and a dairy allergy.  My doctor has suggested I do the whole30 challenge as a way to detox my body and try to reset it.  So here’s my small step – I will start the whole 30 tomorrow and stick with it for the 30 days.  Who knows?  Maybe it will lead to more small steps and a better outlook for my health.

What are you committed to in your life?  Do you have a life verse, mantra, etc. that helps ground you and remind you what’s important?  Please share – I’d love to hear about it.

(Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to finish off all the ice cream and red wine in the house tonight so it won’t be there to tempt me tomorrow!)

Originally posted on https://feistyjenblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/small-steps/

Published by Jen Mitchell