Monday, February 13, 2012
Hope vs. Desire
So as I was perusing the internet in search of inspiration to carry me through the next 90 days of Curves Complete I ran across THIS gem from Muscle and Fitness Hers: Master Your Mind
And that AMAZING article sparked a full-on Bible study that was desperately overdue!!! So to start things off, the Bible very clearly points out that knowing without doing is NOTHING!!!
James 2:17 - So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
I'd say that was pretty straight forward! Ok God, I'm establishing where am I. I'd like to work on where I'm going...
Proverbs 16:3 - Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
Alright.... so I don't really need to have a plan in place, I just need to work, and commit it to the Lord. CHECK! But what work if I don't have a plan? HAVE A GOAL!!!
Habakkuk 2:2 - And the Lord answered me: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets so he may run who reads it.
Job 22:28 - You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways.
Awesome!!!! So what then? I have the goal but still no plan! What am I supposed to be working on?
Romans 12:2 - Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Wonderful! So my job is to continue to learn, and to test. Seriously, I feel like I've been doing that all along. All the different diets and exercise programs, all the articles and professionals I've talked to... I've done my fair share of "renewing my mind" and "testing"! Why am I still finding myself back at square one??? Why have I not mastered my metabolism??? HOPE vs. DESIRE
Proverbs 13:12 - Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
So I just haven't gotten it yet?
Proverbs 25:28 - A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.
Nope... I just don't have it yet. If I had it, this post would not be getting written. At what point am I going to take it? How much more testing and renewing and hoping and praying am I going to go through before I say enough is enough, suck it up and truly DESIRE mastering my body? According to the Bible, it doesn't get harder than that. I just need the desire... not hope... desire. I'm going to be looking into that over the next 90 days or so. I'll get back to you. Feel free to chime in on what you think the difference is between hope and desire. Something tells me this "test" is going to get very interesting!!!