Do We Have The Guts?

I received this letter via e-mail from a friend of mine (Ken Jackson). The forward message of the e-mail said that it would make me think. It Did! Here it is, application to follow.
It takes courage to live by a different set of rules and lifestyle.And as a person who is looking to reshape or alter their body you need to realize the the rules of the "ordinary" simply DO NOT apply to you. For instance, many "ordinary" people (friends and family included) see my emails and don't know what to make of them.
They take a look at the text and roll their eyes. It's funny because I also see them roll their eyes when I tell them I don't even like sodas, cheesecakes or fried chicken. Or that I may have pizza once a year (Super Bowl).If I didn't have the courage to stand for what I believe in and use strategies that actually work I would be stuck living by the rules of the “ordinary." I've lived that life and I'll tell you from experience – it is not good.
· Being SUCCESSFUL at Fat Loss requires that you escape the Western Diet.
· Being a SUCCESSFUL Fat Burning Machine eating mostly plants based foods.
· Being SUCCESSFUL at building lean muscle requires getting enough lean protein as well as strength training.
· Being SUCCESSFUL at preventing obesity requires physical activity and portion control.
· Being SUCCESSFUL at reshaping your body requires not buying food at places where you get gas.
· Being SUCCESSFUL in weight management requires you to control what's being put in your foods.Being SUCCESSFUL in reducing your belly requires you to eat slowly.
· Being SUCCESSFUL in getting in old clothes requires you to stick to your program.
· Being SUCCESSFUL in healthy eating requires you shopping only around the perimeters of supermarkets. Better yet, forsaking the supermarkets and shopping at Farmer's Markets.
· Being SUCCESSFUL in your Fitness Goals requires thinking the exact OPPOSITE of how the "ordinary" think.
That's right I said it. This does not mean spending 2 hrs at the gym. 1 hr doing cardio and the other working on a muscle group. And all of these things take courage.



As I read this, I initially did what this man’s friends and family did. I rolled my eyes. I mean, I am a minister with 100 members to concern myself with, with their spiritual health, and church attendance. What to preach and what to teach and what to let slide.
Yet, as I read, I was challenged. I was challenged about ordinary. We are called as people to be in the world, but not of the world. Now we hear that often enough; but do we know what it means?
Allow me to tell you what I think it means. We have to no longer be double-minded. We have to be sold-out to Jesus. To follow Him completely, and to do what we are created to do: Make Disciples! Seriously though, who wants to be us if we are no better off than they are? If we look like the same ordinary, everyday, run of the mill human struggling to get through the week, and reacting the same way that the world does when problems arise, and if we watch the same movies, listen to the same songs, use the same foul language, neglect our bodies with the same bad behaviors, et.al. Then what are we saying about our Lord? What are we saying about our faith?
To be a Christian, to be a disciple that produces disciples; then we must be willing to be more than ordinary. We must be willing to offer ourselves as living sacrifices (Rom 12:1), holy and pleasing to God. That means putting off those affairs we have with the sinful behaviors that we relish in. That means dying to ourselves, not just once in the waters of baptism, but each and every day of our lives. That means putting down that shameful habit of the old person that we once were.
It also means that we have to follow very closely to what Paul tells us in Romans 12:1-2
Place Your Life Before God
So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (The Message)


As members of the Lord’s church, you were called out of a life of sin, and death. We were called OUT of a life of “ordinary.” Do wehave the guts to live like it?
---jb

Comments

Bryan said…
I like the rule about not getting your food from the same place where you buy gas! Guts I have in excess. What I need is godly intestinal fortitude. Thanks for another thought provoking blog entry.

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