It is so easy to fall… fall down the stairs, fall over a bump, fall under the table, fall into a swimming pool…
Rising up is not as easy! Pulling yourself up by “your bootstraps” takes effort, dragging yourself out of bad situation takes guts, rising above temptation takes willpower…
A dear friend posted on her Instagram that she used to think of self-control/self-discipline, as a form of punishment. But now she sees it as a gift. These words made me really stop and ponder… (After all self-control is listed as a fruit of the Spirit!)
Lately, I have been working on loosing weight. It has been about giving up sugar, (my major downfall), gluten, grains, and some dairy. It’s been about eating less, drinking at least a gallon of water a day and getting a good night sleep.
Bottom line, it is about self-control.
I am having to use willpower and self-discipline. I’ve been pulling myself up by my bootstraps and trying with all my guts. My reasons why have been a good motivation. Being healthy at any age is worth any amount of work it takes to get there. BUT I have also been thinking about this hard work as a punishment for my lack of self-control. If it is a gift to use, this self-discipline stuff, then why am I looking at it as “my just desserts” for my overeating? It is time for an attitude adjustment and long overdue! Maybe it is about reminding myself that, with God’s help, all things are possible.
Anyhoo! Moving on to my point! As I stated earlier falling down is easy. Rising up is hard work. With it being the season of Easter we put our minds to the Risen Christ! His hard work, his suffering, his death on the cross was not easy. It took self-control to be spit upon and not, at the very least, spitting back. His rising up from the grave is our salvation and hope. Because of Jesus Christ we will rise up and live forever with Him! Alleluia!