- I can’t memorize verses.
- I can’t track my food this way.
- I don’t have time to do the study every day.
- I am tired and busy, so I cannot make a meeting every week.
- I did not want others to know my weight, so I can’t weigh-in in front of people.
- I have had too many surgeries, so I couldn’t exercise; I have physical limitations.
- I worked hard all day; I deserve to eat or to take a break.
- I have a lot of food allergies and I felt deprived of all the things I could not eat, so I ate what I could (and more of it).
These are some of the reasons I have heard why FP4H does not work. There is just too much work involved. It’s true, getting healthy will take some major effort on your part. But we are without excuse really.
The Bible tells us the truth in I Peter 1:3-8:
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
He is with us every step of the way.
In order for us to make effective changes in our health, we have to put forth some effort. The bolded scripture above says “make every effort”.
The definition of effort is:
1: conscious exertion of power
2: a vigorous and determined attempt
3: something produced by exertion
4: effective force as distinguished from the possible resistance
We have to decide to make a vigorous and determined attempt to do our part. Looking at the reasons again why FP4H does not work for so many is almost funny! The truth is the way to success.
- I can’t memorize verses: I do know some verses and I must work at memorizing more.
- I can’t track my food this way: I need to at least try to track my food before I decide I can’t. I don’t have to get it perfect but at least I need to get something down on my tracker.
- I don’t have time to do the study every day: the truth is I do have 15 or 20 minutes I can set aside to study God’s word. We all waste a lot of time.
- I am tired and busy and don’t have time for a meeting every week. Because I am tired and busy I need accountability. If am not accountable my life will soon be out of control.
- I did not want others to know my weight, so I can’t weigh-in in front of people: My weight does not define it. It’s a number on the scale that reveals good or bad habits.
- I had too many surgeries, so I can’t exercise. I have physical limitations: I do have limitations, but I can walk, and I can ride a stationary bike and I can lift weights.
- I didn’t like to sweat: Sweat is an offering to God, and I can take a shower.
- I worked hard all day; I deserve to eat, or to take a break: I deserve to be healthy, I deserve to make good choices, so I can serve Jesus because He deserves it.
First Place For Heath – the hardest best work you will ever do!
Vicki is the National Director of First Place for Health, author of the books My Place, Don’t Quit Get Fit and The Wellness Journey of a Lifetime, speaker and holds certifications in life coaching as well as fitness.