I woke up around two this morning thinking about yesterday’s blog. In particular I began to think about this one short paragraph:
…..I began to think about losing even more weight. I’d see the ladies in my fitness magazines and think I could do that or I’d hear about a product that could help me lose these last 10 or so ponds and be tempted to try it.
The problem isn’t that I want to lose more weight or look like Tosca Reno. It’s that I’m once again believing the first lie.
Genesis 3:4 The serpent said to the woman, “It is not true that you will surely die; 5 because God knows that on the day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
The first lie is when Satan told Eve that she wasn’t good enough as she was. He convinced her that God was holding out on her and that somehow He had denied her what she thought she most needed. What’s worse is that Satan appealed to her desire for the quick fix in letting her believe that all it would take is just one bite.
I don’t know about you but I find it quite easy to fall for this lie over and over again. I have spent years believing that I am not good enough, smart enough, thin enough, strong enough, spiritually enough….. And I’ve looked for the quick fix over and over again.
But there is no quick fix. The only way to believe that I’m enough is in knowing and applying God’s word to all of my life. I’ve got to come into alignment with what God says about me.
You and I are more than enough. We are created in God’s image. We are saved through the grace of Jesus Christ. We are filled with the Holy Spirit. The rest is small stuff that can be changed without changing who we are created to be!
It’s the small stuff that requires self-control which helps me to:
- apply God’s word to every area of my life.
- focus on the positive and release the negative.
- keep my mouth shut instead of confessing lies over my life.
- choose to eat well and deny myself foods that are harmful to my body.
- schedule time for a daily workout.
It’s true. Misery is a state of mind. You choose misery or happiness.
Have you ever noticed that siblings will live in the same household, have the same parents, go through the same problems and yet one is happy while the other one is always miserable? It’s because they each chose how they would respond to life. One chose happiness and the other chose misery.
Blaming misery on others doesn’t make anything better…. it’s just a manipulative way of inviting someone to join you in your misery. You know the old saying, “Misery loves company.” Well, it’s absolutely true. If you are miserable then you want to make darn sure that no one around you is happy so you blame them for your misery. You do everything within your power to make sure that they know that if they were different then you’d be happy.
You’ve created an environment where no one can truly be happy. Your spouse can’t relax in your presence. Your children are uncomfortable riding in the car with you. Friends avoid lunch dates. Even pastors are afraid to answer the phone when called.
And that’s because everyone knows that there is absolutely nothing they can do to make things better for you.
More than anyone else, women tend to be miserable in their own bodies. They hate the way they look. Dread swimsuit season. Avoid intimacy.
Women stand in front of the mirror and curse the very image of the living God as they curse themselves. Women routinely rehearse and magnify their faults and ignore their beauty.
And because they are miserable they make darn sure that everyone around them is miserable. Husbands are afraid to say anything because they don’t know how it will be heard. Children walk on eggshells. And daughters are taught to hate themselves. No one is happy and everyone is miserable.
If you are miserable in your own skin then it’s your own fault. You can choose to remain the same or you can choose to do something about it.
Here are a few ideas that will help you go from miserable to happy:
- Start complimenting yourself. Begin to tell yourself that you are made in the very image of God and that’s absolutely beautiful!
- Stop waiting on the magic pill that will melt your fat away to reveal the strength beneath. Instead:
- Develop the fruit of the spirit known as self-control.
- Eat well because the better we eat the better we feel.
- Exercise. God made your body strong!