Permission to be Delighted!
Monday, July 30, 2018
Today I was working on the daily devotionals that I send out and "found" this one from a few years ago. It hit me (again) how easy it is to fall back into old habits. It is easy to get caught up in the "Shoulds" and "Needs" but then forget the "Delights" of LIFE. It is time to focus again on giving myself "Permission to be Delighted!" What about you?
"Permission To Be Delighted"
What if God gave you permission to do whatever would cause you to be thoroughly delighted? Too often people think of God as a hard taskmaster who wants them to keep their noses to the grindstone, eat nasty food just because it is good for them and live a horribly boring life. That is just not true!
Wherefore do you spend money for that which is not bread? And your labor for that which satisfies not? Hearken diligently unto me and eat that which is good and let your soul delight itself in fatness. (Isaiah 55:2 KJV)
In other words, why don’t you feed yourself well and be satisfied in life? Why don’t you delight in and enjoy the good life? Why do you spend your life and labor working hard on things that don’t satisfy you? God wants you to enjoy life and be satisfied in spirit, soul and body! This verse and the attitude behind it was part of a breakthrough for me that helped me release 100 pounds of unwanted fat. It seems pretty ironic that a verse that tells me to delight in fatness would help me lose fat! But it also seemed ironic when I learned that part of the reason I gained the weight in the first place was because I was working hard at things that didn’t satisfy me and depriving myself of things that brought me joy. I had friends who were constantly on restrictive diets and I could diet with the best of them! I would lose a bit here and a bit there, but then gain weight again even faster as soon as that diet got old or went out of fashion.
Finally I got very frustrated and gave up on dieting because the more I dieted the fatter I got! I had restricted myself to eating the bare minimum and rarely ate for variety or pleasure. Eating in the diet mentality was a chore that needed to be done and then crossed off the list so I could move on to the next item on the list. I was only eating and doing what was necessary… but according to whom? How was crossing things off my list helping me to grow and reach the destiny that the Lord had planned for me? And if I was moving toward my destiny but not enjoying it any more than I was, then how much would I enjoy being there once I got it?
I had to seriously consider what God’s plan and purpose for ME is instead of what His plan is for anyone else or what anyone else’s plan was for me. There are a lot of good plans and possibilities. But what specifically is for me and who am I supposed to be?
Through a variety of lessons I learned that God’s plan isn’t to restrict or limit me, but to widen my horizons. I started eating a variety of foods, a rainbow of variety! And I started eating for enjoyment instead of just to check it off the list of things to do. If I wanted a specific food, even if it was one I hadn’t allowed myself before because it was considered fattening, then I had some. But I paid attention to how much I really enjoyed it and when I stopped thoroughly enjoying each and every bite, then I stopped taking bites of it! An interesting thing happened! I started doing other things just because I enjoyed them! I started choosing to move and do things that are fun instead of exercising out of an attitude of duty. I started becoming more satisfied with life in general and expanding what I considered possible. In the process I started losing weight and lost more weight than I ever had with restrictive diets and torturous exercise! God didn’t create me – or you – to live miserably! He wants you to enjoy life and be satisfied. What is your life missing today? What kind of restriction have you placed on your life that is hindering you from living the best life possible? Think about it. Maybe journal about it. Ask God to show you and be willing to let it go so that you can embrace the satisfying life God has for you!
Blessings on the Journey!~