Several years ago, back before I was married, a good friend of mine used to always tell me, “Don’t ever settle for less than God’s best for you!” In that particular context, she was encouraging me to make sure that the man I allowed to court me was a man of honor and integrity, who exhibited godly character and actions. I internalized her admonition, and although at times it made me seem picky in others’ eyes, it resulted in me marrying the most incredible man God could have given me. He surpassed my wildest dreams and I in no way settled. My husband truly is my Superman!
Recently, I’ve been reminded of that wise counsel of my friend, as I have been on this journey towards a healthy lifestyle. I’ve just finished reading a book that really hit home for me titled “Made to Crave” by Lysa TerKeurst. In it, the author encourages her readers to refuse to settle for less than God’s best when it comes to the way they treat their body and what they allow into it. Wow…what an eye opening concept for me!
Those who know me well know that I have pretty high standards in most areas. I work hard and when I commit to something, I give it everything I’ve got. Even though I may not always attain it, I really strive for excellence in everything I do…or so I thought. I’ve come to realize that, for years now, I have been settling for far less than the best God has for me with my weight and health, and have not been walking in the excellence He designed me to have in this area. As a result, I’ve found myself repenting before God for my careless, “come what may” attitude towards eating. The beautiful thing? God hears, forgives, and gives me the strength to change.
One of the biggest truths I have learned over the last few weeks is that, as Lysa TerKeurst put it, I am on a, “significant spiritual journey with great physical benefits.”