Throughout September, our contributors are sharing their thoughts on the fruits of the Spirit.
I can’t remember ever not struggling with my weight.
Back in elementary school, I struggled with depression, though I didn’t know that’s what it was at the time. I overate and became overweight. That resulted in teasing, which led to more overeating. I’m sure you can guess the end result.
Throughout the years I’ve (mostly) gotten a handle on my eating habits. I prefer fresh fruit to sugary desserts and enjoy my daily salad, but it seems like every so often I find myself back at square one feeling just like I did as a child.
My fitbook is my accountability partner, and it’s only effective if I’m honest. In tracking my diet and exercise in my fitbook there have been some expected results: I’ve lost a couple of pounds, have more energy, and sleep more soundly. But what I didn’t expect was how this process has helped me spiritually.
I’ve come to a new understanding about the importance of self-discipline. It’s hard work, involving commitment, a lot of sacrifice, and the redefining of priorities - none of which excites a lot of people. Being self-seeking has to be better, right? I mean, you’re free to do what you want, when you want. But can you feel accomplished if you don’t set any goals for yourself? If you don’t hold yourself to any kind of standard? Now I’m starting to see why self-discipline is a fruit of the Spirit.
Written by Whitney
The 12:12 Project is sponsored by Katy First United Methodist Church.