by Carole Lewis, National Director of First Place
Take a look beyond this day or this hour and look at the
overall picture of your health, emotionally, physically,
spiritually and mentally. How do you measure up to your
own expectations? More importantly, how do you evaluate
yourself compared to God's standard?
Everyone has a lifetime of habits, which compose who we
are as people. For most of us, we are lazy when it comes
to using our mind. We only use a fraction of our mental
capacities. Mental growth can have a profound influence
on how successfully we handle the complexities of life.
Some say, "The battle is won or lost in the mind."
Each of us longs to attain balance in our emotional life.
A few fortunate people have found this balance because they
come from stable, loving families; however, when we face
times of stress, loneliness, boredom, anger, or even joy
and celebration, we automatically revert to our old habits.
Within First Place, we constantly seek balance in
life. The more evenly we manage to balance the four areas
of life, we find our relationships in the workplace and
with family bring us joy and peace rather than stress. When
I choose to honor God with my body by eating healthy foods,
exercising, and reading and studying my Bible, I find that
my life takes on a beautiful balance.
From my years in First Place, I have heard many weight-loss
testimonies. In each case, the person is quick to say that
the weight loss is great, but the spiritual changes are
greater. God created us to bring honor and glory to Him.
Until we fulfill our destiny, we can never live a balanced
Richard Chenevix Trench, in Leaves of Gold, said, "None
but God can satisfy the longing of the immortal soul; as
the heart was made for Him, He only can fill it."
Lewis is the National Director of First Place, and author
of several books including, Today is the First Day: Daily
Encouragement on the Journey to Weight Loss and a Balanced