"Should I order a slice of key lime pie?"
"Just go for it!"
"Should I buy these delicious yet expensive boots that cost as much as my rent?"
"Just go for it!"
"Should I have another glass of Chardonnay?"
"Just go for it!"
I hear this affirmation all the time, and it is usually to encourage something we know we should not do. Very seldom do I hear someone use these should I statements regarding a positive decision. Instead, I hear, “I'll start exercising on Monday. I'll eat better after my birthday. I'll lose weight before the wedding.” We are masters of planning out when it is convenient to commit to health, but we don’t always follow through.
Sometimes, it’s all too easy to come up with excuses as to why you should not start living healthy just yet. We can quickly think of something in our life that is a reason to delay our health. I hear: I'm just too busy, or too tired, or too old, or too out of shape.
Our world today tells us our lives should be overscheduled, overstimulated, and overcommitted. But I’m hear to tell you that you need to elbow these excuses right in the gut and just go for it. Today. Why wait for tomorrow to start living the life you want and you deserve to live? Just go for it.
I know what you’re thinking. “Michelle, easy for you to say. You don’t have kids. You are young. You’ve been doing this stuff forever.” Don't worry. I'm in this with you. I'm taking a heaping spoonful of my own medicine as we speak. Just a few days ago, I was reading my daily devotional, sipping my coffee, and savoring my slow-paced summer mornings, when I was challenged by a single word: go. I knew exactly what those two letters were pressing upon my heart - go share my knowledge and passion for health with the world. Yikes. Immediately, the excuses poured in: “Maybe I should wait until I finish my Master’s. Or just after I finish traveling for the summer. I’ll definitely need to do some extensive research before diving into something like this. Maybe I should make a pro-con list! Oh, I should go buy some new Papermate pens just for the pro-con list…”
Then doubt and fear come moseying in (yes, I say mosey. I’m from East Tennessee, remember?). “Why would people want to listen to me? I don’t have a degree in this stuff. I just teach little people how to properly spell words ending in y and how calling your friend a fried meatball head is a quick way to lose that friend (p.s. - I am a third grade teacher). My mom will probably be the only person who reads this anyways. It’s just a waste of time.”
Stop. Jump off that negative train. Don’t look back.
The call to go, to do, is often accompanied by insecurity, fear of failure, and even loneliness. It’s a call to leave a safe place and venture into the unknown, consider a new way of doing something, and take a risk. If you ignore this urgency, God is going to keep pursuing you, aware of the potential within you that you cannot even imagine. After all, He is kinda in charge of this whole show. I’d trust His opinion.
So here I am, ready to answer God’s calling to go and start sharing my journey - past and present - into health. I hope to nourish your body, mind, and soul in the process. I hope I can help you see how you are worthy of living a healthy, happy life. I hope you will stick with me as we try this together.
Get ready, y'all, I've got a mess of recipes, workouts, nutrition nuggets, and spiritual advice to share with you. Let's go for it together!
Today's challenge: Where is God asking you to just go for it in your own life? Is there something you need to stop making excuses about and start doing today? Feel free to leave a comment below or email me at email@example.com.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
Come on, let's live a little!