Winning Words for First Place Losers

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Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4

Delightful December! December truly is a month filled with wonder and delight as we remember the birth of the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ, our Savior and our Lord. For those of us in First Place, December is also a month filled with challenges and dangers as we strive to participate in the delights of the season, without losing sight of our commitment to health and fitness. However, we are not without the resources to deal with the temptations inherent in this delightful season. The key to health and balance during the holidays is found in the verse listed at the top of this writing:  “Delight yourself in the Lord.” This is the time to focus your attention on Jesus, the Reason for the season—and the Reason you make health and fitness your year-round goal. Jesus came to give you life and health and wholeness. Anything that distracts you from that purpose is not part of His plan for your life. Remember, you show your love for Him by caring for your body—the sacred place where His Spirit resides. When you delight yourself in the Lord, it becomes easier to avoid those holiday goodies that threaten to steal the joy Jesus came to bring.

When you care for your body as a reflection of your love for Jesus, you are worshipping the Newborn King and giving Him honor, glory and praise. This year, as you get ready to celebrate His birth, rededicate yourself to giving Him first place in your life by keeping the nine commitments of First Place.  Make that renewed pledge of diligent self-care the gift you bring to the manger this Christmas Eve. Jesus humbled Himself and came to earth in human form to give you joy and peace and a life filled with abundant hope. Don’t let the Grinch steal your delight this Christmas by giving in to self-indulgent behavior that erodes your commitment to diligent self care. Keep your eyes on Jesus, the Reason for the season. When you delight in Him, He will give you the desires of your heart.

God exhorted His people through the prophet Isaiah:

Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.” (Isaiah 55:2b)

That is my exhortation, and my prayer, for all who are in First Place this holiday season. Allow your soul to delight in what is good by listening to the living Word of God. Eat what is good and care for your body because of His great love for you.

With warm wishes for a delight-yourself-in-the-Lord Christmas to all First Place Losers,

Elizabeth