Don’t give up just because it’s hard or you don’t see an easy way out. During the time that you give up comes opportunity to press forward and grow. If we hang on long enough and keep going we will reap a harvest just like Galatians 6:9 says. “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”NLT
This applies to weight loss as well as life. Sometimes we just want to get to our end so bad and so fast that we unintentionally saboatoge our success. We try so hard to finish quick that we give up because we get impatient and say it’s not working, but the Word of God says not to give up on doing the good thing or right thing because if we keep going we will see the benefits and reap a harvest.
I saw this in my own life a few days ago; I was at the gym on the tread mill and I was trying to complete my mile. (I try to jog a mile each time I’m on the tread mill just because I know it’s good for me even though I may not like it. Jogging is something I could never do when I was younger because of my weight and fitness level, so just to be jogging on a regular basis is a huge accomplishment for me.)
While on the tread mill I said a prayer that I stick with it and complete it, but this time I let my thoughts get the best of me. As I was jogging I became impatient with my progress, I wanted to complete my mile as fast as I could because it was getting tougher to keep jogging. I wanted my journey to be over fast; I wanted to complete my mile and be done with it. Well I became so impatient that I ended up stopping before I completed the mile; the goal I set for myself in the beginning was to jog a mile without stopping. In the end I hurt myself because I became weary of doing the good thing and I sabotaged myself because of my impatience.
Sometimes this happens to us with our health, relationships, goals, dreams or anything else in life. We want to get to the end so quick, fast, and in a hurry that we become impatient during our journey that we forget to enjoy the ride and the things around us, and sometimes we even give up. Well don’t give up because you don’t see progress right away. I learned my lesson, and I pray this will help anyone else who reads.
The next time I was at the gym on the treadmill, which was yesterday, I said my same prayer but this time I had to make myself enjoy the jog. I told myself, as well as the Lord reminded me, “enjoy the jog and enjoy the music you listen to while on the jog.” I was going to complete my mile anyway, but I have to walk the journey out or jog it out (lol). This time I got into the music, enjoyed the jogging, and I completed the mile without stopping. Lesson learned! The next time you start to have thoughts that walking is not working, or eating right is not helping, and you might as well give up because nothing is going to change, stop them right there. If you don’t give up while doing the good thing: walking, running, dancing, eating right, giving up that piece of candy, etc…, then you will reap a harvest, see the benefits, and reach your goals. We will reach our goals, we just have to walk it out because it’s all a process and it takes time.
God bless you on your journey 🙂