My husband and I have been on an intense workout regiment for the last few weeks. We have been watching what we have been eating and just staying dedicated to the goals that we have. When we said new beginnings we meant this in every aspect of our lives. Not just relational. And even though that was what the Lord laid on my heart for 2019, it didn’t stay in 2019. God has shown his grace and blessings in ways that I just stand in awe!
I am so grateful for what He is doing in our lives!
So as 2020 is ushered in there are new beginnings that He is quickly taking us into and we can’t fall behind. We are quick to maintain our commitments to each other and also gentle to hold each other to those commitments.
One evening we were scheduled to do our committed intense workout and I was just NOT in the MOOD! I definitely didn’t want to work out that night. I REALLY just wanted to snuggle on the couch with him! I didn’t say anything, hoping he would forget that we needed to workout but not to my shock he remembered and said “let’s go babe, time to work out.” Everything inside me wanted to say No! I am NOT in the MOOD, but I was obedient and got dressed to workout. We did it together, pushed each other and made it through the workout. At the end we looked and each other and he said “I really didn’t even want to work out. I wasn’t feeling like it” I looked at him and said me either! But I feel better doing it. We were faithful to our word and we did it!
I look at the same thing as a believer… there are so many times when we want to give up, throw in the towel, we are relaxed with our praying, read the word a little less, stop desiring to go to Church. When we have someone to hold us accountable , it makes this thing called Christianity easier! Solomon talks about ironing sharpening iron in the book of Proverbs and we see that there is a correlation in this passage about accountability. We need people in our lives that can help keep us accountable and show us that we have the capability to stay faithful!
1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
We need to have our mood governed by our word! And even more the WORd of God! Not the other way around. You can’t be governed by your mood, if that was the case you would accomplish very little in life because it would only be based on when you feel ready and are happy! Allow your Word, your commitment, and your faithfulness to trump your mood! My mood can’t govern me. I am the one that governs my mood, my actions, and even my reactions.
Colossians 3:1-2 “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
I may not be “in the mood” but my word and my commitment should hold more weight than my mood!
Ecclesiastes 5:4-7 “When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow. 5 It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. 6 Let not your mouth lead you[a] into sin, and do not say before the messenger[b] that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands? 7 For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity;[c] but[d] God is the one you must fear.”
So true! Something that I’ve read recently that has stuck with me is… We will never always be motivated, so we must learn to be disciplined. Motivation is great and can play a big part in getting us to take our first steps. However, it is discipline that keeps us going! Accountability is definitely a must-have for the long haul.
Love you sis! Keep up the good work! 💕