Happy February! I shared with our church yesterday that God slapped me upside the head two weeks ago. One person approached me and said I needed to join him on the Daniel fast for February. I had just spent the morning message sharing with our church about the connection between physical and spiritual health. In my head I had my doubts about doing the fast. It wasn’t that I was questioning my faith, I have fasted before and know I could do it. The question was whether or not I ‘wanted’ to do it. But he played the GOD card (you know… it’s the one I play every week) so I didn’t really have a choice. That evening another friend challenged me to go to the gym with him regularly. My thoughts went back to 1997 when Lori and I lived in Macon, Georgia, and we joined Gold’s Gym. Notice I said “joined” instead of “worked out at.” I paid them for a year in advance, but only went once or twice. So I could just see my money flying away… But then I remembered a time in 1999 when I intentionally worked out and lost 30 pounds in a month. As a flight medic I had to weigh under a certain limit, so I did what it took to lose the weight. But when I stopped flying, I stopped exercising and eating right. So now God was telling me through two people in one day that I needed to refocus my life and practice what I preach. I’m in!
My daughter Camryn and I are on the Daniel fast, and so far it isn’t that bad. When I crave something I can’t have, I go to God through prayer and reading His Word. When I want to waiver, my accountability partner holds me to the line. Man, I really don’t see how people live life without a church family! I need the accountability. I need the support and encouragement. I need Godly people in my life.
This week’s message was about setting goals that will be blessed by God as we are transformed for Him! It isn’t a resolution because resolutions are quickly broken. My goal is to get healthier in 2015 and let that be a beginning to a lifestyle change full of radical transformation – physically and spiritually. Are you in? Will you join me?