When starting anything new, there comes the complete gamut of self-discipline. Maintaining new ventures like dieting, exercising and even starting a new relationship brings new additions and subtractions to life that may not have been in the original plan. Lately, the Ketogenic diet has spurred my newest life change. I’ve been on this new wave for about a month now with my parents. “I’m about ready to give up,” my mother said one day. “When I’m on a diet and I can’t find things that I can eat, I don’t eat, and now I’m down to one meal a day.”
I told my mother to download Pinterest and follow my sister’s Keto board (where I get most of my recipes), to see the multitude of ideas out there. After a few minutes of browsing through the pins, she was rejuvenated.
Similarly, we are on a spiritual diet. When we’re about ready to throw in the towel, we must find something to rejuvenate us! We can think about the time God came through, the good in life, watch a sermon on YouTube, read a devotional, buy a book from the Christian store, call up a friend to pray, join a small group or praise like never before. We can’t let our faith walk away because of boredom, things not happening when we think they should, or not wanting to put in the work.
“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:5-6 NIV).
There is self-discipline, nurture and care that must be done to maintain our faith walks. We have to feed our spirits with things of God. When I feed my spirit with things of the spirit, I feel full of energy, joyful and ready to tackle the day. But, when I feed my spirit with TV, social media and gossip, I usually don’t get anything done. Now, I’m unhappy and stressed about how I spent my day.
“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103 NIV)
Just like a physical diet, imagine how good you feel when you eat your greens, exercise and finally have that difficult conversation. Contrarily, how good do you feel when you eat fast food, never move and let that one thing keep bothering you?
Revive your faith! You’ll be glad you did!