Commitment.

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Being that it is a new year, I know a lot of you are committed to your resolutions or goals. It’s a fresh start. You are also able to continue anything that you did not get a chance to complete in the previous year, and if you’re like me you’re still working on a goal for YEARS.

My goal was getting into a gym and working on building muscle. I’ve been on my get thick plan since I was in high school. (Wow, 9 years ago I was a freshman. Time sure have passed quickly!) Earlier last year, I finally signed up at Planet Fitness. I thought it was worth a shot since I always worked out in my home. I bought workout gear, looked up workout plans, and I was set! I went two to three times a week, eating more meals, drinking more protein shakes, and I felt great!

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I was doing so well, until I pushed myself way too hard. Being a thyroid patient means I can’t push myself past my limit. I ended up paying for my consequences therefore, I was in bed for days! Although I recovered, I never stepped foot back into the gym. Filling my head up with excuses like, “Why pay for a membership when I can continue to workout at home?” and “What’s the point in this?”

How many of you have actually told yourself that second excuse “What’s the point in this?” How many of you had your eye on something, worked hard for it, and then gave up in the end?

Someone out there have said that same excuse when it comes to their relationship with God. Committment means dedication. It means that no matter how hard something may seem, you will continue to push through!

Psalm 37:5
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.

Now, I may have not gotten back in the gym but I have definitely worked on my eating habits and taking better care of my health. I was eating food that I shouldn’t have been eating at all resulting in the cause as to why I passed out! I cut back on a lot of dairy, I am avoiding more gluten and soy, and eating more greens. Now I feel better health wise and I haven’t felt as ill as I used to be.

There are some of you who feel like giving up because you’re simply tired. It may be with relationships, school, your job, or whatever the case may be. At some point, you wanted this. You worked hard for it. Why go back and give up on something that you worked hard for?! Doubts and fear only comes from the enemy. Failure comes from the enemy. God gives us enough strength to keep going; we were not created to be quitters. God will not give us more than what we can handle.

Galatians 6:9
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

I like this verse. If we don’t give up, in due season we will reap. You must first not grow weary of doing good. Repeat that verse over and over until it registers in your mind. Write it down. Remind yourself of this verse daily.

It won’t happen over night, it probably won’t happen within a month either. The few keys to success requires discipline, committment, time, and an abundance amount of patience. You will have to work extra hard and you will face challenges. You will sweat and shed tears, but it’s all worth it!

Remind yourself the reason why you began in the first place. Do not focus on what you can’t see right now. Faith is trusting in the things that you cannot see. Remind yourself of the feelings you had when you first started. You were determined, ecstatic, and committed to reaching a certain goal. Don’t allow any challenges to get the best of you; keep going!

Ask God to give you the strength to keep going. You can do this, think about the growth and your results because you chose to stay faithful and committed to your word. As I have said earlier, it will all be worth it in the end.

Psalm 55:22
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

– Crystal

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