About a year ago, I stood on a scale for the first time in a while. Not believing the first number that appeared, I stepped off to reset it and tried once again. Unfortunately, my weight remained the same, the heaviest I have ever been. After the initial shock wore off, I vowed to dedicate 2016 to improving my overall health and fitness.
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls, Proverbs 25:28.
In January I lost 20 pounds, ecstatic by this early progress. However, life is a marathon, not a sprint. Perhaps, a little over confidence started subtle compromises, a regression back into bad habits. I can’t identify the exact time when this downward spiral began, but my goals for the year faded from my memory. Subsequently, I now find myself right back where I started.
Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, Titus 2:12.
Those fighting this losing battle are encouraged by the apostle Paul to renounce this vicious cycle. Solomon compared a person without self-control to a broken city, vulnerable to outside attacks. As the new year approaches, I have to pick myself up off the mat to turn my current health around. I’m not sure how my daily routine will change, but I hope a clear vision appears as I prepare to fast for the month of January. Until then, seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness to avoid giving into temptation.
by Jay Mankus