The Comfort Zone
I don't know about you, but very often, the first thing I do when I get home from work is change out of my work clothes into something more comfortable. I kick off my heels and put on warm cozy socks, then exchange my professional-looking slacks and blouse for leisure wear unless I have somewhere to go, I’m expecting company, I have something important to do around the house, or I'm so tired that I know I won't be able to make myself be productive anymore that day if I get comfortable.
Have you ever had days like that? All you want to do is rest, but the circumstances in your life won't allow it. Consequently, you must find a way to press on, but it's hard because you seem to sabotage yourself as you try to push through. For example, you were already tired to begin with, but your body suddenly began to feel as though it weighed a ton when you recalled you still have to cook dinner when you get home. Likewise, your mind starts to spit out a thousand reasons why you should have a seat on the sofa and watch the news for "a few minutes" in order to relax, but you know you fall asleep every time that happens.
It's even worse, it seems, when the things we have to do are exercise and prepare healthy meals. As if it's not bad enough that you have to contend with outside temptations attempting to convince you to give up, your own flesh is also an enemy that must be conquered. It's easy to return to your old habits, grab a bag of chips to eat as you watch the news, then try to coax yourself into going to work out to minimize the damage you've done. However, you've been there and done that. You know you'll never make it to the treadmill in the other room, let alone to the gym for weight training and cardio.
If you truly want to lose weight and become free of an eating disorder, you must accept the fact that you will have to endure a season of discomfort. Eating healthy foods and beverages and exercising is obviously not your comfort zone, or you wouldn't be overweight or entangled with an eating disorder. To have the healthy and fit body you long for in addition to the longer lifespan, which is a byproduct of it, you must obey God's commands to honor Him with your body by eating and drinking for His glory (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 10:31). I'm a witness that as you adopt a healthy lifestyle for God's glory, a wonderful thing happens. He not only gives you the desires of your heart as a result of seeking His kingdom and righteousness first (Matthew 6:33), but He also makes what used to be uncomfortable your new comfort zone. Therefore, I encourage you to keep your work clothes on, ignore the fatigue, and use your spiritual earbuds to drown out the lies of pride and so-called logical reasoning telling you to take a break. This is the season of the ant not of the sloth (Proverbs 6:6). God will give you rest at His appointed time. Until then, work while it is day, for the night comes when no man can work (John 9:4).
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Ann Wooten Taylor
Ann is an attorney who has been licensed to practice law in the State of Arkansas since 2004, practicing in the areas of child abuse and neglect, special education, and unemployment insurance law. Mrs. Taylor is also the C.E.O. of Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries and a Christian author. Her first non-fiction, Christian book entitled, "Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook" was published and released by Life to Legacy Publishing in 2015. Her second book, the "Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher's Edition" was published and released in December 2016.