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Could cutting sugar from my diet help me to live into my priorities and purpose?
We’ve heard a lot about purpose, priorities and dreams lately. It’s a good thing: it causes us to be focused, intentional, and optimistic. But I wonder how many of us have “found our purpose,” “determined our priorities” or have a vivid picture of the dream that God has placed in our hearts and yet, somehow, we’re just not making progress.
I’ll be the first to raise my hand.
“Me! Me! I know all that stuff…”
- My purpose is simple and not something I had to search for. I was born with it, just like you were. It’s to glorify God.
- My life’s priority is to trust God, walk with Him, and use my gifts to bless the people He calls me to serve.
- My dream is to experience the abundance that comes from living fully in Him and for Him, and to see it in the lives of others.
Because of who I was created to be and who I am in Christ, I want to use my life to:
- Honor and bless my husband,
- Prepare my children’s hearts to hear and answer when God calls them to Himself, and
- Help women learn to live well so they too can experience the abundance God has for them.
I should be well on my way. And in some respects I am. But I’m not making the progress I’d like to be making. God has been whispering to me for some time that there is an obstacle in my way.
A few weeks ago I listened in on a free webinar offered by my friend Bess Blanco, a Christian wellness coach. It was about the dangers of sugar, how to break free from it, and how to have the energy you need without depending on sugar. But the question she asked that stopped me in my tracks can apply to anything, not just sugar or health.
She simply asked, “Are your actions lining up with your priorities?”
I realized that mine are not. There is one thing that has kept me from pursuing any of my priorities with full passion or seeing any of my dreams come true.
It’s my health.
Oh, it’s nothing “serious.” I’m basically OK.
And so the excuses begin because “I’m basically OK.” Never mind that I feel horrible most of the time.
- In 2012 I finally realized, after having another episode with depression, that this is something that is demanding my attention and it’s not going away on its own. I began to write about it here on my blog and made a commitment to learn all I could about depression and how to manage it.
- Somewhere along the way my doctor and I discovered that my hormones are out of balance and are causing me quite a few difficulties.
- Early this year I found out I’m also fighting adrenal fatigue. If you aren’t aware of what that is, just think about how you feel at about 2:00 in the afternoon, when you’d give just about anything for a 20 minute nap. That’s how I feel almost all the time (except when my head finally hits the pillow).
But I’m mostly OK. No need to go all fanatical about my health. (And no, I’m not a hypochondriac; just the thought of that makes me ill.)
Each of these have several causes in common, which means I can fight most of it with many of the same “weapons” like exercise, quality sleep, reducing stress, and seriously cutting down on sugar consumption.
My family and I try to be proactive when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. We make changes for the better all along the way. From white to wheat, from packaged to homemade, from too little sleep to enough, from worry to faith.
Dr. Pepper lingers as the one thing I’ve not been willing to let go of.
I’ve believed the lie that because I only drink one a day, it’s not that big a deal, certainly not worth the hardship that I’ll endure in trying to give it up.
And suddenly I realized that when there is something I can’t give up in order to give God full reign in my life, to make in me what I was created to be…
…that thing is a stronghold.
And my behavior is definitely not lining up with my priorities.
My unwillingness to get rid of the sugar doesn’t line up with my priorities. I’m a homeschooling mom, and I work from home. Add in a husband, neighbors, and a church family, and you have one very busy mom. I can’t honor those priorities if I’m exhausted and depressed.
More importantly, I can’t honor my life’s priority to trust God and to walk with Him if I can’t (read: won’t) hand that one can of Dr. Pepper over to Him.
So I’ve declared today that it’s about to lose its hold over me.
I have work to do in His kingdom. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
I’m ready to shake off anything that hinders and run with perseverance the race marked out for me.
Is there something holding you back from living into your purpose, your priorities, and your dream? When will you be ready to give it over to God so He can really do something amazing in you?
Cutting sugar from your diet isn’t easy. I’ve taken the step of setting myself up for success by signing up for Coach Bess’s 28 day detox program. I’ll be checking in here on occasion to let you know how I’m doing and to to share the things I learn along the way. I’d love to have you sign up for my updates so you can follow along! (Just scroll up and fill in your name and email in the box to the right. You’ll also get my free e-book “Empowered Living”.)
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