Monday March 26th, 2018
Weight: 180.4 lbs
Have you ever been stuck in a rut? Where you are going through life business as usual, but somewhere along the way you got to a place where you haven’t been before, or a place you said you would never be again? Well that’s where I am now. Somewhere along the way since I got back in August I have lost some of my fire and let areas of my life slack.
This is where this 40 Day-Challenge comes into play. So what is this 40 Day-Challenge? It is a get back on track plan, simple, yet effective. It is a plan that I am doing with a few friends, so that we can help each other. As humans we were made for community, community with God and community with each other. This plan entails a consistent, daily time alone with God. We will be going through the devotional “Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren. A consistent, healthy diet to whatever degree each person feels is right for them. Daily exercise in whatever form that takes. Abstinence from sexually immoral things. Finally a daily journal entry, where we will grapple with the questions of how we are doing, where we’ve done well, where we need improvement and the various things in our lives that we need to work on and change. A simple plan, yet difficult.
So during these next 40 days, I am going to be using this blog as my journal. So here we go.
Day 1: The beginning, it all begins here. I can’t get to day 40 without day 1.
Thankfully I had today off, which was fantastic as it has allowed me to set up this next week for success. I spent some time making all of the meals that I’ll be having this week. I am very simple when I prepare meals in advance, so I’ll be eating beans and rice all week. Very exciting and very cheap.
How am I doing? I am doing well, today has been very easy and good so far. I am listening to an audio book novel and I spent a good chunk of my day listening to that.
I feel like I’ve done well on my diet today, I have only eaten what I prescribed myself and I walked on the treadmill for a couple hours while I worked on my computer.
I think that I could have done better in the areas of having spent more time with God and reading my bible, rather than just listening to this novel all morning. I did do my devotional and I spent time alone with God, which was good.
I feel an area I need to work on changing is quite simply my social media consumption. For me spending time scrolling through social media feeds or watching random YouTube is not conducive to a healthy lifestyle. It isn’t beneficial in my relationship with Jesus and it leads me to be tempted to get off my eating plan and become sexually immoral. So over the next 40 days I am going to be continually working on getting my social media consumption under control.
Another thing I am going to be working on over the next 40 days is getting back into consistently sharing the gospel, loving on people and praying for people. Getting it back to where I will just share God’s heart for people to people wherever I meet them.
The devotional today was very good, it really just emphasized that we can’t do anything of value in our own strength and we need God in order to find and walk out our purpose in this life.
Anyway, this first day was honestly quite easy mostly due to not having work. The next few days I have work and they will be tougher than today, but with God on my side, I will get through.
So that’s all for today,
Thanks for reading!
God bless you!
Jesus loves you!
- Andrew Potter