Monthly archive for July 2009

What is Your Level of Commitment?

The success we experience in First Place is directly related to our level of commitment. I will often find myself struggling with one or more of the nine commitments. When I find myself losing the joy in this First Place journey, I take a little time to evaluate the level of my commitment in each area. I thank God that He is a God of new beginnings. When I first joined First Place, I thought we were going to learn how to get stronger, and these weight loss issues would be no more. Instead, I found First Place is all about surrendering my will, making a commitment, and then when I take a step in obedience, I am filled with God’s power. I discovered that sometimes I mistake commitment for deal-making. If I see the result that I think is fair, then I will be committed, or if some particular

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More Than Just Beginning Again

Most of us are so excited about the New Year and the new beginnings it offers. This year I am challenging myself to more than just “beginning again,” but to really get back on track in all areas of First Place. As we ended our fall session, I took a good look at what I had accomplished to see if there were areas that I could improve. I greeted 2004 with a renewed commitment to take specific steps to get   “back on track,” and to make sure that track is leading me toward weight loss, better health, and continued spiritual growth. I would like to share with you a couple of these very specific steps. One area of struggle is exercise. When the news came that an exercise program was beginning in my area, I joined. I was convinced that joining would help me be more successful, not just through

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