Thursday, January 10, 2008

Slowing down

"Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not loose heart." ~Galatians 6:9

Sometimes I forget that many of the changes we make in our lives require a long time commitment to complete. Like others, I sometimes look for the magic bullet, the get rich quick, the "do this one thing and your life will be changed" mentality. I'm so eager to get on with my plan and can hardly wait for my actions to have the outcome I desire.

This can apply to any goal you might have. For instance, those who want to loose weight. It's not easy to go to the gym 4 days a week and improve your eating habits only to see the scale budging by a mere 2-3 pounds. When our eye is on the end goal, we want to do whatever we can to reach it as quickly as possible; even if that means finding the easy way out.

But what if you were to reach your ultimate goal right now? What if there were some easy way to get it done? Would you have learned to change your life enough that you wouldn't go right back to where you started?

Right now, for me, it's paying off my school loan. I desperately want to be rid of it, but I know that I am learning many lessons along the way. If I weren't so diligent in making payments every month I might take my income for granted and run up debt elsewhere.

For people who are trying to loose weight - if you lost 20 pounds, would you change your life or would you go right back to being heavy?

I think it's important to remember that in the end, we will reap what we sow. Despite the fact that at times it's hard to stay on track I know that I'm doing what it takes to ultimately win.