The above words have been a constant in my life for the last year. I have been actively
moving towards a healthier life. Not in just the physical, but in the spiritual as well. It all started
in January of 2021. I encountered a program that gave me a pyramid of habits/disciplines that
would help me to navigate to a healthier life.
Let me tell you a little about myself. I am all or none. That’s right – I either do it and do it
well, or I don’t do it at all. I don’t give myself grace or time in figuring out if I can attain a goal. I
am like a racehorse, in the gate, out of the gate, and race over. Did I win?
This hasn’t worked for me very well in trying to learn new habits. You see, as my pastor
has been talking about training verses trying in the new year of 2022, it has partnered with what
God has been teaching me since 2021. I can try all day long, but if I don’t have the training
behind it, my trying is going to fail me, and in turn, I will fail. Thus, nothing has been attained
except for my sense of failure.
This is what I have learned in the last year and will continue to use in my life. First
foundation is the spiritual one. God wants the best for me, and I need to partner with Him so He
can help me in my journey. His word is full of wisdom, teaching, guiding, correcting, and grace.
I now am spending time every day in His word. Now, I did this before, but it was more trying
than training. From training I am finding wisdom, instruction, correction, grace and
The second foundation for me is baby stepping my way into a new habit. I have learned
how my all or none mentality is foolish. Here is an example. My first habit that I wanted to have
in my arsenal was to drink plenty of water every day. To go from drinking 16 oz. of water to 80
oz. of water is a big difference. Instead of going headstrong into this process, I added 8 oz. to
my 16 oz. After I had obtained that habit, I added 8 more and so on and so on. If I didn’t hit my
mark for a day, that was okay, and I would start again tomorrow. In time, my training paid off. I
am usually drinking my allotment of water daily.
I have continued this process with food, prayer, spending time with God, learning about
disciplines. During this process God has opened my eyes to how important our bodies are.
My body is HIS temple.
However, the temptations to give up is never too far from my mind. I know without
prayer and looking for HIS word to keep me on the right path, I would have to keep starting
over. That is why the building of habits is something we should be doing all of our lives. It all
can seem insurmountable, but when you break it down, it is very doable.
Romans: 12: 1-2
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a
living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not
conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you
will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Written by Donna Andrews