“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
It’s Transformation Tuesday, y’all. What does that even mean, right?! It’s always so weight loss focused, but, in reality, we all need transforming in some area of life. If you’ve ever asked yourself, ‘where do I begin?’ – this is a must read for you.
Everything begins in the mind. It’s our biggest battlefield and the devil’s choice playground. It’s where both our wildest dreams and our biggest fears take root. As I type this, I see the reflection of my very tired face in the screen. I’ve already thought to myself, ‘Oh man. There’s a new wrinkle you didn’t have yesterday…’ and ‘Wow, I really need to pluck my eyebrows.’ Every single move we make begins with a thought. And, every move we don’t make.
Have you ever the the phrase, ‘whether you think you can or you can’t – you are right.’ It might be my favorite line in the movie Boss Baby.
For years, my mind was the place that I stored all my thoughts of not being good enough, pretty enough, or smart enough. I spent the first half of my life thinking I was too thin and the latter part believing I was too fat. I never felt ‘just right’ for anything. That feeling only intensified after the loss of my eighteen year old son. In my mind, I became the elephant in everyone’s room… so displaced. Getting fatter only made me identify even more with that elephant, as my whopping forty extra pounds made me lose myself more and more.
My mind was grounds for the most intense battles, and I had no will to fight against my own worst enemy – myself. I was weak, tired, and broken, disguising all of that as fat and happy. Being a good person, a good Christian, a good wife and mother – well those were way more important then my physical condition, right? WRONG.
In most cases, our physical condition is the clearest picture to the condition of our true self.
If we are overeating, it is because we are stuffing our faces in hopes to fill our empty hearts. Physical food was never meant to fill the places that only God’s love can. Unless we become aware of God’s great love for us, then receive and accept it, we will never be able to truly love ourselves.
Just as we must to learn to take the negative thoughts captive and find a way to displace them and disqualify them, we also have a grave responsibility to take our good thoughts captive. Thinking good thoughts will never produce actual results in your life. You’ve got to put action to those thoughts in order for them to impact your life.
I’ve by no means arrived. I still have sooooo much to work on. I’m not some fitness guru, nor am I saying I’ll never struggle in this area ever again. However, I’m aware. I’m aware of the lies I’ve told myself. I’m aware that the devil wants me to be defeated. I’m aware that I have a part to play.
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Philippians 3:12
I’m going to tell you something the world won’t. I’m going to also tell you something that even your closest friends won’t.
You are beautiful. You are enough. You are loved. Period.
Now start telling yourself this.
Take your life back, friend. One thought at a time.