Consecrated Life of Holistic Fitness - Part 2
The Need Defined
Webster’s dictionary defines Consecration as the state of being consecrated; the act or ceremony of consecrating. Consecrate means– dedicated to a sacred (holy; religious) purpose; to make or declare sacred; set apart for service of God; to devote to a purpose with deep solemnity or dedication.
On the 9th day of the first month in 2010, out of sheer desperation to be well and holistically fit to successfully function in my life, I embarked on a 3-month journey of stillness, discipline, and increased intimacy with God. This consecration period was critical for me because I found myself exhausted, ill and feeling overwhelmed at the start of the year, and my history contained a reoccurring respiratory condition that I determined not to experience again. In attempting to understand my body’s vulnerability to cold symptoms, I was reminded of Louise Hay’s book “You Can Heal Your Life” and looked up the probable causes of colds and upper respiratory ailments. The probable causes, “Too much going on at once, mental confusion, disorder, and small hurts,” were pointedly accurate and confirmed my need to be still and rest from outside activities and do some home work. My physical condition and disordered environment was a reflection of my consciousness that needed to be shifted. The results are transformative and rewarding in abundant ways. I share my story with the hope that you will be inspired to declare your own sacred time set apart for service or be encouraged in your current process of dedicated purpose.
I Give Myself Away
I didn’t know the entirety of what my journey to wholeness and fitness would look like when I began, so I did what I knew to do until God revealed the next steps as I moved along. Knowing that I desired to regain control of my emotional eating, increase energy and stamina, eliminate major distractions, create order in my environment, initiate a consistent morning time of devotion with God and take my online ministry to the next level, I formulated the following action steps to achieve my goals: (1) Physical Discipline – selected some workout DVDs and decided to dust off my weight watchers’ resources to start tracking my food intake again and journal my experience this time. I did the program through my job in 2008 and lost 21 pounds, so I knew results would be guaranteed if I did my part; (2) TV Fasting – No television viewing. TV is a big procrastination tool and major distraction. I returned my cable box, eliminating a $24 monthly bill and the temptation (TV reception no longer available); (3) Spiritual Consistency – I set an intention to meet with God every morning at 5:00 a.m. and follow His instructions; (4) Stillness – Stepped back from church commitments, rested more, listened to my body, and declined to travel.
It is important to understand that change does not happen overnight, it is a challenging process that requires a lot of work, persistence and obedience to God’s guidance. It is a work that can only be done through God’s grace as you yield to His transformative power and anointing. As you surrender your will, He will meet you where you are and help you break the bondage of destructive tendencies and engage in purposeful supportive habits for successful living. (Romans 12:1-2) 1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
I recognized that attempting to tackle everything at once was self-defeating, therefore I grouped goals and focused on one or two at a time and progressed in phases. I also nurtured optimistic high expectations for positive transformative results, trusting that God would honor the promises in His word and; I held to the saying, “If you do the things that you don’t want to do when you don’t want to do them, there will come a time when you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them.” In doing this, God encouraged me in many ways but especially through my personal devotional time with Him. I was able to rest more in the faith knowledge that He was working all things together for my good, and wrestle less with my feelings when days were particularly challenging and my emotions were riding high.
2012 UPDATE: As a result of learning my lessons, honoring my body and practicing extreme self-care mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally, I have not experienced asthmatic bronchitis or any other respiratory ailments since that period of consecration. To God be the glory!