I posted this verse on my Facebook last night.
In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t. ~ Romans 5:5-6 The Message
I just finished up my long sought after nutrition training. I am a certified Revelation Wellness instructor. I am a forever student of how our mind sabotages our efforts to get, and stay, lean and healthy. I am so excited to begin coaching others to lasting, sustainable weight loss. I almost hyperventilate when people reach out and ask me things relating to mindset or small eating tweaks that help change your life for the better. I genuinely love this place I’ve been called to. It’s been years of work and major self-discovery, but I finally feel like I’m getting somewhere. I finally feel that I’m in a good place to help others.
Until I get on social media.
I recently started a course that will teach me how to compile my 1st ebook. I’m beside myself excited about it, but instead of just getting started on it, I started comparing myself to those farther along than me on social media.
It started out innocently enough. Just following this person that had good content, which led to following this person….also with good content….so on and so forth until I felt like I was drowning.
Should I really be doing this? Do people really want weight loss tips from someone who hasn’t lost the weight yet? If I state something that I feel is true, can I stand my ground or ignore it when people disagree? Can I be confident enough that I truly feel that I’m sharing truth when others question me? Would I hire an overweight weight loss coach???
Then I see statements like this, “you only have to be one step ahead of someone else to help them.” Or, “people will connect with your struggles and your journey, don’t wait to share.” I am encouraged by these statements, but it’s such a back and forth.
Then I saw the above verse in a book last night.
let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.
I fully believe with everything that I am that my food, weight, and mindset struggles are moving me on toward my purpose. I truly believe that by my sharing MY journey, others will be encouraged. I have “tried” so many things that really weren’t my purpose. I fully believe that is why I’ve struggled with who I am and what I should be doing so much.
I know that this is over preached, but comparison really will keep you stuck. It will keep you stuck in your health journey (so many diets and/or ways to eat), in your relationships (so many different ways for marriage to work and to parent your children), and in your job (so many ways to make an income).
My husband likes to tease me that I like to buck the system. If someone gives me rules, I’m going to break them. He’s probably correct. I do tend to rebel, however, I feel that I’m doing it because my gut tells me to. Sometimes I wonder if I am still building a business from nothing and still overweight because I can’t seem to follow a “system”, but if I’m really being true to myself, I just need to do what my gut tells me to do.
I feel that I’ve been so held back in truly living my best life because instead of trusting what I believe God is telling me, I doubt that I really heard Him correctly and try to look for “signs” that I should be following this or that.
I’m honestly done with that. I’m starting to find that I can see information and decide if it’s for me or not. I’m developing a filter that stops incoming information and asks, “is this beneficial to you or will it just confuse you?”
I have been feeling a tremendous pressure of “you aren’t good enough to do this”, but I also recognize that as the enemy trying to derail me (thank you, Revelation Wellness). Whenever there is to be big breakthrough to further God’s kingdom, you can bet that the opposition will come. I’m so thankful to be able to recognize this and to be able to push through it.
It’s time for me to do me. And I will cheer you on for you doing you. Sometimes you will feel led to follow a “proven course” and that is totally ok, but sometimes you will be asked to brave the wilderness and that is ok as well.
No one can do what you were put here to do. Even those in the same situation don’t have your unique story.
So, with all that being said, I will be sharing my journey and helping those along the way that need help as well. I will share what I’m learning. If that is for you, great. If not, that’s great too! I’m done running down all the paths that present themselves to me. I know that sometimes there is more than one way to a destination and I am going to pick around the maze until I find the best one for ME.
I would encourage you to do the same. Stop chasing shiny objects or the next best thing. Slow down, pray about it, decide what feels like you, then take that path. Blinders on!
I am currently working on my very first ebook….(eeeeeekkkkkkk ;)) that will deal with falling off the diet train for good. If you are interested in being notified when it’s ready for sale, send me a message and I’ll add you to the list!
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