The Letter of James is a welcomed read at this point of the series. It was written to the “twelve tribes scattered abroad,” also known as the Jewish Christians outside of Palestine.
James has a strong message to believers in foreign lands: remain faithful, be patient, persevere through struggles, and avoid sinful temptations. Timeless wisdom, do you agree?
My brothers and sisters, you will have many kinds of trouble. But this gives you a reason to be very happy. You know that when your faith is tested, you learn to be patient in suffering. If you let that patience work in you, the end result will be good. You will be mature and complete. You will be all that God wants you to be. ~ James 1:2-4
I love the word play here. It’s not a question of IF your faith will be tested, it’s a matter of WHEN it will be tested.
My journey towards better physical health and spiritual well-being is just beginning. The last 26 days have not been smooth sailing and I don’t expect life to get easier when this series is complete either. In fact, it might get a little harder. It is my responsibility, however, to keep temptation triggers at bay, continue my fitness routines, and stay connected to accountability partners. If I stay patient and continue working for the good of my body and soul, the end result will be good – Scripture promises this!
Whenever you feel tempted to do something bad, you should not say, “God is tempting me.” Evil cannot tempt God, and God himself does not tempt anyone. You are tempted by the evil things you want. Your own desire leads you away and traps you. Your desire grows inside you until it results in sin. Then the sin grows bigger and bigger and finally ends in death. ~ James 1:13-15
A healthy lifestyle is not a single choice, but rather many decisions every day.
Every day is full of decisions, big and small, important and mundane, but every choice leads to another and every decision has a consequence.
Here are five I’m working on right now:
one // I will choose to eat foods rich in vitamins and nutrients that strengthen and energize my body instead of processed junk that make me feel drained or lethargic.
two // I will choose to exercise at least 60 minutes every week day.
three // I will choose to unplug from technology and read Scripture, pray, doodle in my Journaling Bible, lead a women’s small group, and serve others.
four // I will choose to sleep at least seven hours every night.
five // I will choose to connect with accountability partners in order to stay focused, vent frustrations, and celebrate successes.
These are just five decisions I am making to improve my attitude and commitment towards a lifestyle that is physically and spiritually healthy, but I assure you, it’s not as easy as it sounds.
I have a choice … I can throw in the towel or use it to wipe the sweat off my face.