Don't Start Over: Keep Going Strong

“For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity” Proverbs 24:16.

I'm on day 10 of my new healthy eating plan. The past several months have been filled with a lot of pizza and very little exercise. Needless to say, it's time to get my body back to a good state. But this past weekend I flew from California to Indiana to surprise my little sister for her bridal shower. It was 3 days packed full of parties and family gatherings and food. So much food. I'm not gonna lie... I had two pieces of pizza, and maybe a few donuts. Definitely a few donuts.

In the past I would have been really disappointed in myself, frustrated that I couldn't have had more self discipline. And I probably would have just said screw it to the whole thing and eaten 5 more slices. 

But I didn't let it get the best of me this time. I still made healthy choices when I could and on Monday when I landed back in California I decided to just keep going. A few slip ups doesn't mean the whole thing is shot to hell. It just means I'm a human being and I like donuts. So that's why I'm on day 10 of my healthy eating plan, not day 3. Because the good we're doing doesn't stop once we've made a few mistakes.

When I'm striving after wholeness or gentleness or humility and I inevitably trip and scrape my knees, it doesn't mean I have to start over. Jesus doesn't see us fall and tell us to start at the beginning, He calls us to stand up where we are and just keep going. This morning I'm eating watermelon for breakfast and leaning into this kind of gracious living. I'm offering myself some room to make mistakes, trusting that all this tripping is just part of God's beautiful adventure for me. 

Lord, Thank you for giving me a strong and healthy body. Help me to offer grace to myself and others when I stumble and the courage to keep going. 

WRITTEN BY CORI DUNTON

Health, LifestyleSarah Witmer