Jump Start

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“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.” 1 Corinthians 6:12
I need a jump start.  Life has been a bit much for me of late.  There has been a lot going on which has drained me.  I’m feeling mentally fatigued, physically tired and just over all blah.  I’m not jumping out of bed in the morning excited for the day ahead.  Instead I’m burying my head under the covers and dreading the moment my feet have to hit the floor.
I’m depressed.  I don’t like it.  It’s time to do something about it.
I’m into groups.  I don’t know if you know that about me, but I believe in the power of groups.  So much so, I am actually on staff as a volunteer at my church organizing groups.  I believe in them so much I give my time away to form and help sustain them.  Groups change people’s lives.  They care for people, connect people and grow people.
Groups rock!
For instance, I’m in an online group, it’s a health group centered solely on making good health choices.  There are 80 participants in the group, it was formed by a friend who was frustrated with her recent choices and wanted support.  She was amazed at how many other people were in the same boat, wanting the same thing.
I was one of them.
The group has been amazing for me.  We are at the end of the first three months.  I’ve done well, I’ve instituted some good work out habits, I’ve counted calories.  It has helped me stay on track.  However, I have faltered of late.
Thankfully I’m in a group!
Our leader has issued a 30 day challenge for April.  Set one goal and attain it.  It is exactly what I needed to jump start my life again.  At first I didn’t know what I wanted to set as a goal.  I wanted something which would reset my mindset, my exercise routine, my life.  As I began to pray about it, my eyes fell upon the long unopened book “The Daniel Plan” by Rick Warren.  I had done it a year or so ago and it had truly helped me get motivated.  I knew immediately it was my challenge.
I’m doing the 40 day fitness challenge starting tomorrow.  Along with it, I am going to do the 10 day detox.  Then I will continue to follow the Daniel Plan guidelines for the rest of the 30 days. God help me, it’s the only way I’ll succeed.
It’s my jumpstart.
I started to re-read the book this morning as I prepare for my challenge.  Already it has lifted my heart and quickened my step.  I’m excited to get back on the plan.  I remember how good I felt when I did this before.  How balanced my emotions were, how energetic my body felt.  I want that again.  I can’t wait to start!
I love the words the author is praying for the people who choose to take this journey:
3 John 2 “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”
Welcome to the journey!

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