Developing my Christian faith is the most important thing to me. Everyday is a new day for me to represent God in the best way possible. It’s not always easy, just like being on one of many diets isn't. When was your last diet? Did it work? I have been on and off a diet since I was thirteen years old. I was always “thick”, but I wanted to look like the girls of the Caucasian persuasion I watched on television, and saw in the magazines. Growing up I was never instructed to eat my vegetables and sweets were only eaten after meals. If I wanted ice cream for breakfast, I had it. Since there was no structure in that area, I had failed to develop discipline where food was concerned. At thirteen I lost my first ten pounds by working out daily, but soon burnt myself out and gained it back within weeks. Let the yo-yo begin!
All I had to show for those daily workouts was my grandmother’s overused step VHS tape and a new set of stretch marks! Diets don’t work. We all know this, but we go on them anyway. The diet industry is a billion dollar business because we love quick fixes to our years of poor eating. It may take a year to gain, but we want it off in a month.
We deprive ourselves temporarily to see immediate results, and when we don’t see them as quick as we like, we revert back to any old habit. If I could add up all the pounds lost, I would’ve been in that bikini a long long time ago. If only I had just kept at it and not gave up!
Sadly, food diets spill over into other parts of our lives especially where spiritual growth is concerned. Most of us are apart of the microwave generation. We want it now, with the least amount of work or effort. Have you ever been in trouble, and prayed, “…God, if you get me out of this, I promise….” Then once the crisis is over, you don’t keep your end of the bargain? I'm guilty.
That is the typical cycle of Christian culture. Man’s spiritual strategy has always been to do what we want to do and when we are in a bind, we call on God for help. We know that the secret to losing weight and keeping it off is getting off the diet roller coaster and realizing that it’s not temporary, but a lifestyle. If you want to take your Christian faith to the next level, it’s time to get off the Christian faith diet roller coaster!
We don’t want the experience of blessings of God on a temporary basis, so our dedication to the Christian faith can’t be temporary either. One week you’re “sold out” for the Lord and promise to get your life together, then by the next, it’s a distant memory. Insanity is defined as doing the same habit repeatedly and expecting different results. Try this tip for spiritual growth:
Exchange one counter-productive habit with a new habit that goes along with your spiritual goals and watch God put his super on your natural. He will meet you where you are and push you through the rest of the journey. And an apple for a candy bar isn’t a bad habit to exchange either!
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV
About the Author: Niya Tanielle is a freelance writer and Editor in Chief of The Journey Suite, an online Christian community for urban women not afraid to ask life’s faith questions, and discuss taboo topics. Her work on business, love, and the hot mess of life can be seen online, and print publications around the country. Visit The Journey Suite for more articles and like on Facebook to stay connect.