There is only one way to do it though...
Because the truth is, if you never “give up” you never have to "start over".
But what does not give up look like?
PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY... IT'S NOT BEING PERFECT!
What is it then?
“The only thing that counts is FAITH expressing itself through love” Galatians 5:6b
Faith = trusting in God and His good plan. Then living it out through acts of love.
Think about it. When have you given up in the past?
All these come down to a lack of faith and love.
So even when you don’t see the results you wanted, when you wanted them, you lean into God’s plan, not yours.
When you don’t act out of love, you turn back to the grace that God so freely gives, knowing you will never do this perfectly. You go back to remember why God called you to take this loving action in the first place.
It’s kind of like being in the grocery store and getting stuck behind that super slow cart pusher, frustrating, right? But you don’t just throw your hands up, leave your cart full of food, quit, and go home! No. You move around them, or take a deep breath to slow down, or find a way to help them to get their items in that aisle faster and keep going to get the shopping done.
You don’t just give up.
And you don’t give up because you know the mission. You know that no grocery store trip is perfect, there will be inconsiderate shoppers, out-of-stock items, rude checkout attendants, squeaky carts, and all sorts of setbacks along the way, and they are all part of the process of getting to what you need to get accomplished.
But, if you’re like most women, you probably have less patience and more expectations for a PERFECT process. One that follows your timeline and has you do everything just the way you expect to.
And that is why you keep quitting.
And the enemy LOVES this.
He shows up whispering lies like…
If you take those beliefs and put them in any other context, would they be true? Would you allow your kids to believe these about their goals?
So, what might happen if you believe God’s truth instead? Like…
What you, and I, need to remind ourselves…
That’s a GOOD thing. It grows your faith and resilience if you choose to respond with LOVE when those expectations aren't met!
The most loving way to respond to every bump along the way… to keep going. To keep trying and doing the best you can AND NOT GIVING UP.
All that means is taking even the SMALLEST LOVING action.
It might look like just drinking more water. That's it. But that can be just what God can use to build the momentum back.
Think about this, a month from now you can look back and feel proud of the loving action you kept taking no matter what OR look back in regret wishing you hadn’t given into every excuse the enemy threw at you.
It doesn’t mean in a month you’ll see the results YOU expected… no, that’s trying to take control of what’s God’s. It just means you focused on what’s in YOUR control; faith and loving acts.
P.S. If you’re tired of the start-over cycle, check out my FREE Facebook group, Encouraging Christian Weight Loss, which will guide you to keep taking LOVING action from faith.