I never have had much use for preachers that don’t practice what they preach. So I certainly don’t intend to be one.
The problem with yesterday’s discipline is that it does not replace the need for today’s. In reference to dietary discipline, I had lost 93 lbs. Attaboy Tim. A great accomplishment. Now it’s time to own up to todays fact! I have gained 40 back.
So it’s time to put on my big boy britches and accept responsibility for this failure. A little soul-searching, bone-shattering honesty does us all good at times, especially me. Actually, it’s time to put back on my thinner me britches and avoid going back to the big boy britches. And by the grace of God, that’s exactly what I’ll do!
My sister Detra used to make her points to me, by saying my full name. I knew when I heard her say “Timothy Grant Carter” that something she’d deeply meant and that I better do was getting ready to come out of her mouth.
So as I can imagine my sister would say, “Timothy Grant Carter” get your hind end, in gear and quit accepting less than your best from yourself. And resume your dietary discipline! I get it. Message received.
While the problem with yesterday’s discipline is that, it won’t suffice for today’s. The good news is that we don’t have to start from scratch. We have already learned the hardest lesson. We just have to admit our failure. Face it directly. And with the help of God reapply the discipline we have already learned.
I backed off going for my 5th degree. Because I couldn’t get exactly where I wanted to go physically, at that time. Neck pain, old injuries and yada yada yada. But it was a mistake to put this goal on the Shelf. I just need to find a stronger grunt gear inside myself and reapply myself to the task!
I preach, because God has clearly shown me me that He’s in the life-changing business. And He helps me Inspire others. But sometimes I have to preach to myself, and remember that the lessons first start with me!
I would say wish me luck. But that’s not what I need. The love mercy and grace of God behind me. And the brand of guts and courage that He’s taught me, working full force inside me. But certainly prayers are accepted and appreciated. I know that any good accomplished in my life it’s only by His grace and empowerment.
Oh well, I felt like this post was in order. It would be wrong to share the accomplishment. Without also being willing to own up to the weakness.
I love my friends. I want during the course of the rest of my life to give my life to be a blessing to God and others. And I mean that literally. And I want to do it by practicing what I preach, through the help and love of My Savior and Lord Jesus.