I begin this blog from a point of frustration in my life. I'm 42 years old and I'm struggling with motivation. This blog is my attempt to regain the motivation I once had. I want my motivation to eat right and the desire to exercise back. I want to be motivated to do what I need to do when I need to do it. I want the motivation to kick "Ms. Lazy Bones" to the curb and live a productive life. I have been thinking about doing a blog for some time now...and have made some half-hearted attempts in the past. My hope is that by being honestly transparent in this blog, I will not only find the motivation to live a productive and effective life but may also encourage you as well. The name of the blog, "Make Every Effort", comes from 2 Peter 1:5-9 "For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind,and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins."
Honestly, I read these verses and I think to myself, "I'm supposed to be/do all of those?" The next thought that goes through me is, "is this even possible?" But all I have to do is look at an earlier verse, verse 3-4 says: "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." Yes, I need to make every effort, but it is all done through His divine power. He has given me everything I need to eat right, to exercise, to kick "Ms. Lazy Bones" to the curb. He's already done it. Learning more about God through reading the Bible, and prayer will help me stay focused.
I hope that you will enjoy the gift of this day! After reading these verses, I then found this Francis Chan sermon. It says it all... enjoy!