Thursday, March 12, 2009

Back on Track

I feel so smart when I do the right thing. Today is a smart day. Let me explain...

In October 2008, I found out I have Type II diabetes. It was a surprise but not a shock since both my parents were diabetic before they died. In fact, both of their deaths were partially attributed to complications from diabetes - a fact which made me truly angry with both of them at the time of their deaths about a year and a half apart.

As such, when I first learned of my diabetes, I got serious about tracking my food intake, monitoring my blood glucose, exercising regularly, losing weight, and reading and learning all I could about diabetes. I felt like if I didn't control this thing, I'd be the biggest hypocrite that ever walked. So I worked hard at it.

Then I began to "cheat" a little. I quit monitoring my blood after meals. I quit exercising as often. I started eating things I knew I shouldn't eat. And because of it, I've gained a little weight back, I've been having frequent headaches, and I haven't had any energy. When my glucose for the last two days registered 138 and 143, I realized that it's time to get back on track.

Have you ever felt that way with your spiritual life? Maybe you started out as a strong disciple - reading your Bible, praying often, refraining from things you didn't need to be involved in, doing what would please the Lord.

Then gradually, you began to watch things on TV you shouldn't watch, or read things you didn't need to be reading, or hang out with people you knew were a bad influence for you. One day you woke up and said... Whoa. I need to get back on track.

I pray that - if you've begun to "cheat" a little in your Christian walk, you will wake up to the truth that you need to get back on track with Jesus.

Just as my need to monitor my diabetes will never lessen, neither will your need for Him. You (and I!) need Jesus just as much today as we did the very first day we met Him. And all we have to do is ask Him and He'll help us get back on track immediately.

Today, I feel smart because I ate oatmeal and a banana for breakfast. That always fills me up and helps me stay on track with my eating plan. And I'll be monitoring my glucose after lunch, just as soon as I ride my bike for 30 minutes. By God's grace, I am back on track. I hope you are, too.


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