Week 24

The Importance of "From" not "For"

I had a busy day last Saturday and unfortunately only had a few minutes to read. I picked up one of my favorite books called, “Living from the Unseen”. I opened it randomly in the middle. I read this line and just stopped. I knew God didn’t want me just to quickly read it and move on, He wanted me to let it sink in. Sink in, it has. I keep thinking about. I talk to others about it. It is one of the most important sentences I have read in a long time. 

“They no longer need to work for love, rather they will work from love”

This is why a titled this article, “The Importance of From not For”. If we try and act righteous because we think we will be more loved by God, if we are doing it for love - we’re missing it. If we do kind things for others because we want them to love us more - we’re missing it. If we are trying to change our actions so we will be loved,  it will always be an effort.

I‘ve gone back to that page in my book several times since last Saturday. The book goes on to say that we should not try to act like Jesus, we must ask God to help us believe like Jesus. If we are trying to “act” like Him, then we are just trying to “act” like something we don’t believe we are - “it’s just a performance. This makes the Christian life very difficult. But if we believe like Jesus, we will know we are beloved children of God, in right standing, wholly accepted and heard by the Father. It will cause us to believe that power, healing, love, wisdom and righteousness is something we are - not something we do. When disciples have the same beliefs as Jesus, they will effortlessly love out of their identity.  They will no longer need to work for love, rather they will work from love.

When we spend time with our Heavenly Father and we allow Him to fill us up with His love we can’t help but let that love spread out on others. We aren’t being kind to others so God and others will love us, we are being kind because we have so much love in us we want to spread it. 

When you are so filled with God’s love you begin to see the world through His eyes.  When you love others and you believe that telling them about Jesus is the greatest, kindest thing you can do for them is to tell them it becomes so easy to share your faith. 

This is the last official, weekly email you will receive with your f3 Plan. I will continue to email inspirational messages but not on a weekly basis. I choose this message as your last one because I so badly want this to make a difference in your life. 

You are loved by God and you don’t need to do things for Him to love you more. My prayer is that you feel His love and because of that  you will love others enough to share the awesome news of Jesus with them. You will share it not because you feel obligated to do so, but because God’s has changed you so much  and you want others to experience His love. 

I am praying that you have been changed by this program. I am praying that eating healthy and exercise are part of your every day life but more importantly I pray you have grown closer to God.

Top 5 Food Points

1. Be thankful that you have access to healthy food

2. Cut way back on added sugar and white flour

3. Drink at least 64 oz. of water each day

4. Eat clean and avoid packaged foods

5. God is your comforter. Food will never really comfort you

Top 5 Fitness Points

1. Be thankful you are healthy enough to exercise and don’t worry about the exercise you can’t do. Focus on what you CAN do.

2. If you mess up and don’t exercise for a few days remember, “Failure isn’t the falling down it’s the staying down.” A few bad days doesn’t mean you have once again failed. It just means you had a few bad days. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Forget about the mistakes and move on. 

3. Consistency is Key. As Nike once said, “There is no finish line”. Exercise should be part of your life until God takes you home.

4. Total Body Workouts: Cardio, Strength, Core, Balance and Flexibility exercises should be part of your weekly exercise routine.

5. Pay attention to your form and listen to your body so you don’t get injured. 

Weekly Goals

Each week you will be asked to set goals. Your goals can be about faith, fitness or food (or all 3). I highly recommend that you write them down and post them on your mirror or someplace you will see them often. When setting goals make them action oriented goals, not result goals.  Stay focused on doing the next right thing and be patient with the results.