"Eat this maple donut or your history!"
When I was eating a lot of junk food and ruining my health it was a choice I made. No one was holding me down and forcing me to eat a large maple bar, Cheetos, and a couple of 7-Eleven big gulps for a mid-morning snack. Just like today, no one is forcing me to eat a banana when I want a mid-morning snack.
Back in my junk food days, no one was forcing me to drink a crazy amount of diet Pepsi or Coke. And today, no one is forcing me to drink 80-100 ounces of water per day.
The power of choices
We all want to say we make our own decisions and choices until we realize that in order to change our health, we need to choose to eat something different. Then we tell ourselves.."I have to eat this extra large maple bar...it will help keep me away while I drive."
When it comes to making changes in our lives, we often use one reason: “I had no other choice.”
But if we are being honest, is this true?
One of the ways we are made in the image of God is through the power of choice. Animals use instinct to survive. Migrating birds do amazing feats by traveling hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles from one location to another.
But do these creatures have a choice? Not really. Something inside of them tells them when and where to go. This is one of the many wonders that God has created for His glory.
But for us humans, God gave us the power of choice.
- If you don’t like the school you are going to, you have the choice to change schools.
- If you don't like the neighborhood you live in, you have the power of choice to move.
- If you don’t like the friends you hang out with now, you can choose to change your friends.
- If you don’t like the job you currently have, you have the power of choice to change jobs.
- If you don’t like the health you are experiencing currently, you have the power of choice to change your health.
The power of choice makes you feel free
Meditate for a minute on the power of choice. Picture in your mind that you are choosing to be healthy and strong. When I do this mental exercise, it makes me feel good and makes me think that a consistent healthy weight is possible.
But just because we have the power of choice does not mean that the choice we want will be easy.
- If you want to change schools, it may cost you more money.
- If you want to move to another neighborhood, it will require work to pack, load, and move all your stuff to another neighborhood.
- If you try to make new friends, it could take a lot of effort to seek out new friendships.
- If you want a new job, it will take a lot of effort to search out and then apply for new employment opportunities.
- If you want to lose 40 pounds and get your health back, it will take a lot of effort to learn new healthy exercises and implement a new eating plan.
Making a choice for change will lead to effort
Maybe that is why when it comes to our health we use the excuse, “I have no choice.”
We know choice really means we must apply effort to make a change.
It is much easier to say:
- My husband/wife likes to eat junk food and snack all the time and won’t eat healthy.
- My job is so stressful I need my junk food to keep me awake and going.
- Healthy fruits and vegetables are so expensive I cannot afford eating them.
- My kids will not change and I must feed them only what they will eat.
- I cannot afford a gym membership.
- I don’t have time to exercise hours every day.
- If I was married to someone healthy, I would exercise every day.
- If I wasn't married and single, I would have time to exercise every day
What a great feeling of hope to know that God made you with the power to choose something better! It is powerful and freeing to know we can make a choice. Use that powerful option today and choose to start just one new habit of good health.
What you eat today is your choice. Making time to exercise is your choice. We may not be able to change many things that happen around us, but we can choose how we respond to our circumstances.
Every choice we make will end with a result. Make your choice count for your own good health.
The question is, how do you want to live your life: making choices for good health or choosing to make excuses?