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Let Your Efforts Not be in Vain

Trust the Lord completely, don’t ever trust yourself.  In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Many of us, when asked why we are trying to lose weight will give different answers: to prevent sickness, to look great and the most general answer is  to be healthy.  However, are we really being totally honest with ourselves when we give these answers?   The subconscious hard truth of the matter is  that we would like to live and be beautiful for a very long time and losing weight and exercising is an avenue for which to facilitate this desire.  It is very interesting when I read or hear reports about certain activities or foods that add years to one’s life.  And then I hear about the jogger who had a heart attack while jogging or the vegetarian who died from cancer, or worse, the vegetarian who must eat meat because of an illness caused from being a vegetarian (no offense to vegetarians intended).

To put it gently, nothing we do individually will add a single extra day to our lives. Who of you by worrying can add a hour day to your life. (Matthew 6:27 NIV)  Only God can extend our daysIn those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying, Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years. (Isaiah 38:1-5 KJV)

We are obligated to take care of our bodies for they are our temples gifted to us by God.  As we go on these weight loss journeys and quests to live right and eat right, we must remember to put God first so that our efforts will not be in vain.  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  (John 14:13 KJV)

Dear Daddy,

I ask that You bless my desire to lose weight for the upkeep and maintenance of my temple because I know that through this maintenance and upkeep, there is a blessing of good health.  Within this, Daddy, I pray that my efforts not be in vain and I ask that You bless my desire to live. I know that nothing I do will add to my lifespan, but Jesus said ask anything so I come to You now asking for both good health and longevity that I may continue to be a blessing to my family and loved ones. In Jesus’ Name,  Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you today to place God first in all that you do.  It is not enough to pray for the energy and strength to exercise that you may lose the weight. Also pray for life that you may enjoy the benefits of your achievement.

Beverly Gordon is a graduate of Gonzaga School of Law (Spokane, WA) and currently works as an Executive Assistant and Director of Compliance.  She is a devoted mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend who believes in the importance of teaching children the power of prayer.  In her journey of loving and leaning on the Lord she meditates on Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” She resides in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with her beautiful daughter and is an active member of the Springfield United Methodist Church.

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13 thoughts on “Let Your Efforts Not be in Vain”

    1. First, I would like to apologize for my late response.

      Thanks Kristen,
      I think that Steve Jobs life and death is an example of what this message attempted to convey. But only God has all of the answers, and even in praying, the decision of life and death is still His to determine.

  1. WELCOME TO THE TEAM!

    What an awesome post! The truth is, Jesus reminds us to “seek ye FIRST the kingdome of God,” so you are right, we have to make sure that we are seeking God through it all.

    So many people do not realize that you can not control the length of your days, as you shared above, be we have to try our best to be good stewards and do as He asks.

    Thanks for sharing this post!

  2. Thanks Beverly for an awesome post. I know I am battling with losing weight and I’m always trying to get a quick fix that only work for a little while. Thanks for reminding me to put God first and to treat my body like the temple that it is. I also like the fact that I need to put God first in every area of my life.

    1. Sheka, I apologize for the late response.
      Since having my baby (5yrs ago), I too have been battling weight loss. I gained 67 lbs. But like the scripture says, the battle is not mine/ours it is the Lord’s. Weight watchers, Jenny Craig, Slim Fast, treadmill purchase, dvd purchases, it seemed that nothing would or could get the weight off. To make a long story short, I asked the Lord for a personal trainer angel to help me. I prayed for the energy needed to exercise and I prayed for the Lord to control my appetite, and then, I let go. And when I let go, God sent me inspiration and motivation. One of my co-workers is on her weight loss journey and she has lost over 40lbs. At one time, I weighed less than she did; and my boss who lives up the road from me started walking and he too had started losing weight. So, I just got out there (walking on our road) and got on my treadmill, energized and motivated. In no time, the inches started coming off. I am not where I desire to be but I know God has gotten me this for, I simply gave Him the control. I still get stressed sometimes looking in the mirror but I can see light at the end of the tunnel and I don’t feel so hopeless anymore. I am thankful for my size right now but I am pressing forward to my goal.

  3. Beverly, I am glad that God laid this on your heart to share. As Kay said we are to seek God first concerning all things. I also believe that there is an amount of faith that is required to know that when you make positive lifestyle choices you may lead a more healthy life. As I was reading I was wondering if you had a personal experience that lead you to this conclusion. For example, I knew a vegetarian who was an athlete who was mowing the grass and died in his early 40’s from a heart attack and for a moment it gave me a negative view on incorporating that lifestyle…like why bother?

    However, I came around and I would like to add to the discussion that while we may have an appointed time I think we have a choice in how we get there. God lets us know that man will surely die but the foods I eat and other lifestyle choices I make can determine whether I live those days sickly, incarcerated, depressed or miserable vs. healthy, joyful, able to overcome, financially fit and in a sound mind. Life does and will happen and we don’t get do overs but we do get choices and opportunities to make better decisions that allow us to lead a productive life. Thanks for the reminder that we are to continually ask God for what we want and have faith that the work we put in will not be in vain.

    1. First, let me apologize for the late response.
      Ms. Lundy, you hit the nail on the head after you came around. Our choices determine so much, what we pray for determines so much. But in answering your question, I personally know a vegetarian who has to eat meat now and is going through some trying times. And I know of the vegetarian who died from cervical cancer. However, the jogger’s story was something I heard about.

      We have to remember that God gives life and takes it away at His discretion. If one desires to continue to live on earth and be healthy, then he or she must request it of the Lord.

  4. Beverly… WELCOME!!!! We are happy to have you on board but most importantly thanks for such an awesome post. I too had to take a moment and ask God to help me be prosperous in my weight loss adventure. I have been over weight my entire life (according to doctors that is 🙂 and making it successful this time seemed impossible. But once I allowed God in to yet another area of my life things worked out just fine! Be Blessed and welcome again!

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