Hey everyone! Happy Friday to you, wherever you are 😊
If you read my recipe post on Tuesday, you read that I just finished my fourth round of the Whole30 challenge! Woot! (and there was much rejoicing!) Actually, if I’m being quite honest, this one wasn’t that hard because I had been keeping most of the habits I’ve established over the past 3 rounds, so I’m really just happy its over because I was getting bored! …and I NEED …really need…ok, prefer, to have sweet and creamy coffee : )
So, coffee in hand, here are my thoughts for the day.
I talk to people occasionally about the challenge – and of course it always comes up when you’re in the midst of doing it and you turn down a double fudge brownie or a crispy piece of fried chicken — that’s bound to attract attention! When they ask, you tell them all the perks and the pros, and how you lost weight, feel more healthy, and have better habits and attitudes towards food. You may even, at the end of the challenge, have transformation pictures, and show off your before and after photos if you’ve had a drastic change. You tell them they should try it for themselves, and then the circle continues as they have a good experience, and tell their friends. Social media outlets are completely saturated with people promoting their “thing,” whatever that is – keto, paleo, Whole30, greenbean juice, what have you. They then become influencers, based upon their testimonials from their own experiences with a diet, a product, a lifestyle change, etc. And I mean, when you see your friend drop 30 pounds and rave about how good she feels, you’re going to sit up and take notice, right?! Right! That’s how it works! The power of testimony, the power of personal experience, and the power of suggestion and comparison are strong and create a ripple effect of transformation.
So my question to you is this: how do we start a Jesus fad diet? Call it Jesus30? How do you take this same concept and instead of talking about how many inches we’ve lost, we talk about how many miracles have been done in our lives? How many situations have been transformed? How many prayers have been answered? How many long and lingering habits or hangups have been kicked to the curb for good? How many miraculous provisions we’ve received?
Why don’t we do this same shouting from the rooftops for our relationship with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit? I know that to many people spiritual things sound airy-fairy and abstract and maybe even a little nuts, but nothing, absolutely nothing, is as transformative as the power of the Holy Spirit and there are physical, tangible, recognizeable changes that can attest to that! If you are saved by faith, listening, learning and following the spirit in an obedient life, you can hold up those same transformation photos of your old life and your new and have them be just as shocking. Your old words, habits, and lifestyle will look stark and dead next to your new life in Christ. You will have shed pounds of doubt, insecurity, fear and sin, and gain confidence, peace, love and a glow of the Spirit and it will definitely show to those around you!
We should be telling people about this as much as, even more than, our physical transformations! They are wonderful, and good health is very important, but the bodies we have don’t last forever. Our souls and spirits do, and they last forever in either the most wonderful place you can’t even begin to imagine, or the most awful, tormented place. We need to start the ripple effect of spiritual transformation, to make Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit the next thing we just can’t stop talking about!
Do not conform 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. – Romans 12:2
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. — 2 Corinthians 3:18
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! — 2 Corinthians 5:17