Finally! Vision in motion! It’s that feeling raging in your heart as you walk in the grocery store with your fancy list of all the fruits, veggies, and grains to merge together to tackle shedding a few pounds. All that time you’ve been thinking about doing it and now that thought is in real time. There you go putting all your healthy foods in your cart breezing by all the sugar and carbs, taking a glance thinking to yourself, “That used to be me!” Victory is accomplished as you make it home unloading the goods and setting out to wash, cut, and cook your new fit and trim nutrients. Now you’ve finished the first few couple of days sticking to the new you! Maybe you still get cravings but you are reading your health magazines, researching new recipes, and listening to others accomplish their weight loss journey. Congratulations you’ve finished your first week. Then those weeks turn into a month and the scale says you lost a couple. Look at you! Your feeling so good about your progression.
Now your back at the store with a little more insight, carting through the healthy sections looking at others with that glare. Do you know what glare I’m talking about? Have you ever been that person now noticing others buying unhealthy foods, thinking to yourself, “That’s horrible! They shouldn’t put that in your body!”
Okay, this might be a little dramatic but you get the point. I think to some degree most of us have been that person. When we start a healthy course in our lives and finally see some progress or achievement we feel so good! I’ve been that person. I can remember when others saw me achieving the goal I sat out to do, they ask, “How did you do it?” I have been so happy to share what changes I made showing off my healthy new me.
However, I have also been that person that got excited to see my progress and then I started to put myself in “a group.” Do you know what I mean? I used to be in that group, but now I am in this group. When I have created these boxes; I was there, now I’m here – I usually meet others in those same boxes. While I shed a few pounds and felt great I am quickly in the company of others who are asking if I eat organic, where I grocery shop, if I buy farm raised or wild caught, and they may ask which supplements or vitamins I buy. I remember when I thought I knew a lot about eating healthy because of the progress I had, then I realize I didn’t know very much when I meet others who have been at this a little longer. Once I try to move in the organic and supplement route that’s when I meet those who ask if I know what GMO’s are, or do I actually know what’s in my food, then they recommend I should learn more about growing my own food or purchasing directly from a farm or butcher. They are the ones pronouncing food ingredients you can’t spell, while explaining what’s really in your food and how to detox the toxins or shop and eat differently to avoid unhealthy foods.
That’s when I realize I didn’t know as much as I thought I knew. That’s when I realize my two cents I offered someone about loosing five pounds wasn’t that impressive. Then I think, “Wow! I have a long ways to go!”
I think it’s important to relish those moments of victory and success, but we cant get complacent there. I believe the same is true for God’s Word. I love Yeshua! He has showed me some amazing things and I love that I can look back and say, “I see what your doing in my life!” There is evidence of His Holy Spirit working through me, but as soon as I think know something or think I have Him figured out it’s like He says – You still have a way to go. I have learned and still am learning to keep growing and not look at others with that glare.
We have to remember to give others room to grow. While we can offer our testimonies and learning curves we have to remember if that person believes in Yeshua they are a work in progress just like we are. We have to be patient with others and it can be hard. It’s important to remember we are still not perfect. And yes, maybe we lost some weight, but maybe we have more to loose. You know that old saying – Don’t throw stones in a glass house! Instead I think we need to make sure we are building our house on the rock. There are layers and God is working on us little by little. There are two stories I can think of that may help us look a little closer within ourselves.
Numbers 12 1-3,9,13
Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman); 2 and they said, “Is it a fact that the Lord has spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?” And the Lord heard this. 3 (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any person who was on the face of the earth.)
9 And the anger of the Lord burned against them and He departed. 10 But when the cloud had withdrawn from above the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow.
13 So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “God, heal her, please!”
I read this story a couple of days ago and I take this as a personal lesson to myself. No matter how far I have come, I always have room to love another person. Moses appeared not to hesitate to pray for his sister. I think we can all relate. We all have someone close that has done something that’s hurt us – but still we are called to love and forgive them. It’s not easy! We are living in some very dark times and we are called to be set apart, called to be the light, called to be the salt, and called to be the city on a hill. Always, but more than ever, we have to walk this thing out for us because we love God, and for others so they can see which way to go. Whether we meet Yeshua face to face first, or whether He comes back first it’s important that we lay our house on the foundation of His Word with action.
Consider The Heart:
Matthew 9 9 -13 NASB
9 As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man called Matthew sitting in the tax collector’s office; and He *said to him, “Follow Me!” And he got up and followed Him.
10 Then it happened that as Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and began dining with Jesus and His disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, “Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when Jesus heard this, He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Now go and learn what this means: ‘I desire compassion, rather than sacrifice,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Yeshua ate with tax collectors and sinners. He has to start somewhere with us. How is the gospel going to go to the lost unless someone goes? How is the gospel going to be seen unless we show others how to live it out? I am humbled by God! He has revealed intricate weaves in His tapestry to me, it brought me closer to Him, but humbled me because I realize I don’t know as much as Him. So when I am that girl in the grocery store glaring at someone else’s bad food choices, feeling myself because I think I came so far, He reminds me someone some where knows more, but He knows everything and I still have a ways to go. Just because we shed some weight (changed some of our ways) doesn’t make us perfect. We are still exercising – we are still running our race.
At the same time I am not making excuses for anyone. I remind myself to stand by the Truth in God’s Word and not let myself or anyone off the hook.
Reminder To Myself & You (Some Ways To Build):
Matthew 6 & 7 NASB :
24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts on them, will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
1“Take care not to practice your righteousness in the sight of people, to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.”
5 “And when you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they will be seen by people.”
7 “And when you are praying, do not use thoughtless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard because of their many words.”
14 “For if you forgive other people for their offenses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive other people, then your Father will not forgive your offenses.
“16 “Now whenever you fast, do not make a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they distort their faces so that they will be noticed by people when they are fasting.”
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”
25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing? 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided to you.”
7 “Do not judge, so that you will not be judged. 2 For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, the log is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye!”
6 “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
Rejoice and get excited about what God has done in your life, but remain humble and know we are on a journey like everyone else. Take and eat His Word everyday, and continue to be strengthen to follow His commandments, but next time we are ready to give someone that glare remember there are others who are further along than we are. So if God has given us victory and we have overcome in an area another brother or sister is struggling in, we should share our journey while knowing we are still walking with God and our journey is not over until He calls us home.
When The World Caves In – By Dalton & Anna Thomas