To Do or Not to Do

iStock_ToDoOrNotToDOXSmall1One of the greatest struggles we all seem to have is getting started…especially if it is something we know will be difficult. I have met many people like me in the past few years who deeply desire to change their life, but continue to put it off. They want to be different, they want to be healthy, they want to live life…but, honestly, they don’t. Sometimes the thought of changing the routine of life isn’t worth their desire to feel better and do more.

I’ve been curious about a passage that I’ve seen many times in the Bible. In Matthew 21, Jesus says, “There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today…’ “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered.”

This has always been a strange lesson to me. In my opinion, neither of them were that great. One said they would do it and didn’t. The other complained and said no, but ended up doing what was asked. But then I noticed the question…He didn’t say, “Which was better?”; He says, “Which did what the father wanted?” Neither handled the situation well, but at least one completed the task. Only one worked past their initial unwillingness and finished well. Maybe this speaks to you too.

Becoming the you that you are meant to be is not easy, but it is worth it. There is a life to be lived that is greater than you can imagine, but it’s going to take work to get there. So each of us has a choice, in fact it’s a choice that must be made every single day. Who will you be?
– One who will talk about what you will do? or…
– One that will do it? (even if there is a little complaining involved)

Don’t overcomplicate it; don’t think about the year, month or week ahead. Don’t look at how hard or long the road looks. Think only about now and what you can do today. Which choice will you make for this day?

- Mark Cornelison
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Han’s Legacy…

grumpy-harrison-ford-roles-han-solo-3-1088594-TwoByOneStar Wars is one of the best movies/series/books of all time! I grew up loving the original trilogy! Words can’t express how excited I am that they got some of the original cast back for episode VII!.I’m praying for Harrison Ford because I heard through the grapevine that he was helicoptered off the set when the Millennium Falcon door crushed his leg.

Which brings me to Han Solo, the character Harrison Ford plays. Many think of Luke, Darth, and Leia when Star Wars is mentioned, but according to Wikipedia: “The American Film Institute ranked Solo as the 14th greatest film hero. He was also deemed the 4th greatest movie character of all-time by Empire magazine. Entertainment Weekly ranked the character 7th on their list of The All-Time Coolest Heroes in Pop Culture. On their list of the 100 Greatest Fictional Characters, Fandomania.com ranked Solo at number 15.” That’s quite a resume!

One of Han’s most famous scenes comes just before he is about to be frozen in carbonite. There had been a lot of romantic tension between this rogue hero and Princess Leia, and as he is about to be lowered to be frozen, Leia finally cracks and says, “I love you!” Han merely answers, “I know.” What a classic scene!

I know this is a bit crazy, but I see this scene as a pattern for us to duplicate in our relationship with God. And when we do, it’ll help us on our health journey…stay with me for a second as I try and explain. God has expressed to us the fact that He loves us. He did this through His Son Jesus. God didn’t wait for us to get our act cleaned up first. He sent His Son so that we could fully see His heart for us. Make no doubt about it: in our relationship, God said “I love you” to us first.

The scriptures say it this way: This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. I John 4: 10. Here’s the thing…God continually loves us. The same God who gave His Son for you won’t quit on you when you mess up. He’ll help you. He’ll lead you. He’ll transform you.

God already thinks you’re beautiful. He already loves you. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. You don’t have to get right first. You just have to say yes to Him. He’ll help you figure out the rest. The adventure called life will be way better with you and God doing it together! So it’s your moment. God looks at you and says “I love you.” Now it’s your turn. Look back at Him and say, “I know.” Now…go run your race!

- Buddy Shuh
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Renewing Hope

hope-darrentunnicliff-flickr-4232232092-ccbyndnc2One thing I really enjoy is getting messages from others. Whether it is an email or a Facebook message, I continue to get excited when others reach out to me or any of us with SweatCor. Sometimes it’s a short encouragement about the blog or maybe a question about something related to being healthy. But one type of message is one we get really regularly. It usually is from someone who had lost lots of weight and was doing really well at being healthy, but something happened along the way (something called “life”) that distracted them and now they’ve gained weight back. These messages are usually share two things: guilt and desire. Guilt that they have gone backwards on the journey but a desire to get back on the road.

It may seem strange but while these messages are hard, the answer is simple. They are opportunities to encourage and renew hope. No matter where we are or where we have been, hope is the thing that will continue to drive us forward.

Recently, I was in a community that I had not visited in many years. It had been a really difficult place in the past and I was anxious to return and see if anything had changed. While driving through, I noticed that some buildings had changed and there were some new small businesses, but other than that it all looked as I remembered it. However, after visiting with various people I noticed that something was definitely different. I told a friend in the community that something had changed but I couldn’t tell what it was. His answer was simple…the people have hope.

You see, in the past everyone in this community seemed to head down the same road. Opportunities were few so life was a cycle, everyone behaved as the others always had because there was no vision of life improving. But through different volunteer efforts and the development of new programs, people began to see a new way. Now those living in the community had evidence that things could be better. There were others who had changed their lives and this new hope was contagious. A group of people who once felt alone and stuck now believed anything was possible.

This is us. We are a community who has a similar struggle and it used to be that we all would end up with the same fate as those who had struggled before us. But things have changed and we can see that life can be better. We see there is a new way and that new way is the source of our hope. We once felt alone and stuck, but now we know anything is possible.

Hope changes everything. There is a great quote that says, “When the world says “give up”, hope says “try one more time”. When we struggle in our health, we simply need to renew our hope and try, one more time.

- Mark Cornelison
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