Notice I titled this post, what God IS teaching me about myself rather than taught me. Still learning over here….
- Attitude is everything, no matter what you’re doing in life, the way you approach a situation is everything. If you start your day thinking negative thoughts, “Great it’s Monday again, I have so much work” then guess what? Your day/week is going to start off on a bad note. The way you start your day truly affects the rest of your day. I never start my day on my phone, I don’t scroll through social media until the very end of my morning, I don’t read the news, I don’t open my emails. I simply work on my bible study or devotional, turn on a podcast and get ready to conquer the day.
- GOD IS FAITHFUL! Trust his timing, stop trying to do life on your own, you don’t have the answers to everything, you don’t even know what you’re doing. Let God do it for you, let him take the wheel.
- That body you have is just flesh and bones, nothing else, seriously nothing else. What should matter to you is your soul. Stop obsessing over abs, stop caring about the little fat in your lower stomach. Those are signs that you have had food to fill your stomach. You will not care about your physical body in the next life. Learn to see it for what it is, it’s a gift from God. Those trail mix you so mindlessly snack on? It’s a luxury, be thankful! Food should not form thoughts of guilt in your head, you should not feel fat in any way for nourishing your body. It’s meant to sustain us, to give us energy so we can accomplish the work of the Lord until the very end. Every time I catch myself obsessing over “getting fat” I think to myself but who cares? Who actually cares that I don’t have abs, or that my thighs are a little thicker? No one cares, I’m not trying to impress anyone.
- But eat healthy. Treat your body right, your body is a temple. (Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies 1 Cor 6:19-20) Feed it healthy and nutritious foods, exercise it, move, run, jump and most importantly love it because you’re stuck with it for the rest of your life. You get one body in this one life, why do you want to mistreat it, why do you want to feed it countless plates of sugar cookies or harm it by drinking bottles of alcohol? God gave you this body, learn to take care of it.
- Stop caring what people think. This one is so hard for many of us. But when you think about it, we’re all human, we’re all going through this thing called life, none of us knows what we’re doing. No one is better than you because of the possessions they own or the successes in their life. Don’t let those thoughts in your head make you feel bad about yourself or think anyone is above you because they have more money than you or because they just traveled Europe for a month. Only person above you is God and his opinion is the only one you should care about. I’ve noticed how less awkward or embarrassed I am in a situation when I think that no one’s opinion ACTUALLY matters. I promise when you stop caring what people think you will live a much happier life. Who cares if you’re standing alone waiting for something, you don’t need to grab your phone and pretend that you’re busy so you don’t look awkward. Who cares if your hair is not ironed, who cares if when you sit down at yoga class a little bit of fat hangs over your leggings? NO ONE CARES, just worry about you and I can almost guarantee you’ll start to live a more fulfilling life.
- Stop judging others. Seriously sizing people up and finding ways to criticize or judge them is a waste of thought. I’m still learning to stop the judgmental thoughts in my head. It’s hard because we’ve done it all our lives. We hate someone’s outfit and our first thoughts are “Ew, why is she/he wearing that?” Stop that voice in your head, remind yourself that each and every one of us is a son/daughter of God, he designed that person that way, so how can you judge a creation from the creator?
There is so much more that God is teaching me and by no means have I perfected any of the above. But I’m closer than I was yesterday. Sometimes something in your life happens that makes you take a step back and see the areas in your life you need to improve on. Sometimes it takes that week of binge eating, drinking in a self destructive way, criticizing yourself constantly, consuming your thoughts with negativity to make a change.
Eventually something in your head just clicks and you realize you want to live a healthy and a happy life. You don’t want to struggle getting up in the mornings or cry because you ate a box of chocolate because we’re all human, we make mistakes. It’s okay to make mistakes but it’s what you do after that matters, how you recover from that situation is what makes the difference.