It was just a regular Sunday, until it wasn’t.
It was the day my life changed forever. The year was 2008.
Being pastors, we are often invited into people’s homes for a meal. This can be exciting and terrifying all at the same time.
I enjoy getting to know people on a personal level and sharing a meal together is one of the best ways to do that. But when you get invited into someone’s home, you never know what you will be eating.
Especially in south Louisiana.
But on this particular Sunday, the meal was great. When it came time to choose our beverage, I don’t even remember the choices available but I chose soda (soft drink, depending on where you live).
Then it happened. The moment I will never forget. The moment my life changed forever. The host looked at me and said, “I’m surprised someone like you would drink that.”
Someone like you.
In 2008, I wasn’t really very concerned about my health (as far as what I ate) so I’m not exactly sure where he got that idea. The only food I avoided was aspartame and artificial sweeteners. I didn’t read health blogs, I didn’t shop at Whole Foods on any sort of regular basis, I ate dessert every chance I got. I certainly wasn’t gluten-free.
Back then, Little Debbie was my best friend, Betty (Crocker) and I were on a first name basis. The little figurine I had sent off for of the Pillsbury Doughboy never left my kitchen. It was before I had Facebook, P90X or a workout room in my home.
When people meet me now, sometimes they think that I’ve always been health conscience but it’s just lies, all lies.
The only thing I did back then was exercise. But I’ve always done that so I didn’t really consider that to be a reason why “someone like me” would not consume a soda.
But that day, I made a decision that he was right. Someone like me should not drink soda so I stopped. Cold turkey. No weaning. No drinking less and less each day until I didn’t want it anymore. I just made the decision and stopped.
If I had withdrawal symptoms, other than a few cravings, I don’t remember them. What I do remember is that I lost 5 pounds within a few months and never gained it back.
I remember the empowerment I felt because I wasn’t addicted to soda anymore.
It is a great feeling.
I won’t give it up.
If you are trying to overcome an addiction. You can do it.
It’s not really about will power. It’s about deciding if “someone like you” should be doing whatever it is that you want to stop doing and making a clear decision to stop. I’ve learned that it’s all about how you think.
Romans 12:2 says to let God transform you into a new person by changing the way that you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you which, by the way, is good and pleasing and perfect. Changing your behavior starts with changing your mind. Once you change your mind, the behavior change will naturally follow.
“Using your own grit and personal resolution to force changes in your behavior is not only exhausting to maintain but nearly always proves to be nothing more than a temporary fix. Inevitable relapses churn up into a never-ending cycle of disappointment, frustration, self-hatred, along with other unhealthy emotions. Lasting change — the kind that frees you to walk within rhythms of grace, fueled by the power of God — must stem from the inside, not the outside.” Priscilla Shirer
Sometimes we need to get outside help. It’s ok. Get help.
Sometimes we just need to step up and do what God is asking us to do.
So whatever it is that “someone like you” needs to change or let go of, just make the decision and do it. You’ll be glad you did!
What do you need to change in your life?
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