Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. EPHESIANS 4:2
One of the wonderful things about First Place 4 Health is that the program focuses on the whole person—the physical, the spiritual, the mental and the emotional. Promoting health, wellness and balance in all of these areas transforms you into the person God created you to be.
It all begins with a humble heart. Sometimes I feel like I need to hang a sign around my neck that says, “Caution! Work in progress. Please be patient with me; God is not through with me yet.” For many years, I convinced myself that I was not a patient person, nor was I wired that way. I had a misguided thought that others should accept that flaw in me as well. This was a prideful, blind attitude that needed transformation.
Very important aspects of First Place 4 Health are the commitments to daily Bible study, memorizing Scripture and the weekly reading assignments in the Members Guide. I had no idea how much light the Lord would shed on the dark areas of my life to bring about the deep healing I so desperately needed. He bore with me patiently, lovingly and gently as He walked me through eye-opening revelations about how I related emotionally with food and with others. I allowed my emotions to be in control of me instead of allowing these areas to be under the Holy Spirit’s control.
Bible study, Scripture memory, prayer support and First Place 4 Health lessons all worked together in concert to bring me health and clear vision to see into the various areas of my life. Through the program, I have lost more than 40 pounds, but I have also gained a new life on the inside. Now I am able to relate to others differently, in a healthy way. I am still a work in progress, but I am thankful for His patience and for not giving up on me when I had given up on myself.
Prayer: Lord, help me to relate to others with a humble, gentle heart, being patient and loving with them like You are. We are a work in progress, and You see us not only as we are but as who we are in Christ.
This excerpt taken from Better Together, available now in the online store.