Just Don’t Quit

A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.– Proverbs 14:29

It takes time for changes to take place in our bodies.  Developing patience and proficiency in the area of exercise may be one of the biggest challenges of all, but will be well worth it.  One of the most common reasons people give up on exercise is lack of results.   We expect immediate results.

I recall one dear lady in my class in Charleston, SC, who had decided she was going to work diligently at her commitment to exercise.  She walked faithfully every day for one week and when she got on the scale, she had “stayed the same.”  She immediately began to cry and say, “It’s no use – I am just going to quit.  I won’t be back next week.”

We all have had the same experience.   I gently reminded her that the scale cannot measure everything that is going on in her body.  It can only measure what she has on—her bones, blood, skin and major organs.  Furthermore, it takes time for our bodies to really get in shape, more than just one week! It’s not reasonable to think that weight we put on in one year can all come off in a matter of weeks.

I encouraged her to be patient with herself, gain some understanding about the human body and remain faithful.  She did and lost over forty pounds in two sessions!  How foolish we are when we forget that success is in the process!  I am reminded that it takes time in all four areas in my life: mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, for my life to change and I praise God that he is not quick-tempered and impulsive with me!

Prayer:  Dear God, grant me this day patience and understanding from your Holy Spirit and keep me from impulsive foolishness!

Vicki Heath, First Place for Health National Director
Edisto Island, SC