Dieting? Choose Guaranteed Success

Today I ate a 3 inch sub for lunch (which is a long way from the 12 inch subs I downed in former years), and for supper I ate a baked potato with the works—veggies on the side. That’s the way I’ve become accustomed to eating now: smaller portions, without skimping on the flavor.

But that’s not what I want to talk to you about this month, because God has laid something very different on my heart, which is the topic of taking every thought captive:

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
– 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, NIV

But since I write Live Well, which is mainly about diet, I got to wondering what the link between a healthy diet and captive thoughts would be. And why would God choose this particular portion of scripture for us this month?

Then I turned on my computer, and started to read Sunny’s interview with Jennifer Rothschild, our cover girl this month, who said, “God began to show me when I was in my twenties the damaging effect of what I was saying to my soul and that if I didn’t control my thoughts, my thoughts would control me. He showed me the best way to control my thoughts was to make them truthful. I went on a journey going from destructive self talk to constructive, life-giving soul talk! Once I learned how to recognize lies I was telling myself, I refused them into my “Thought Closet,” relabeled them with truth and I’ve repeated the habit for years now.” (Read the entire interview here)

That’s when the pieces started coming together, and I realized that self talk doesn’t only keep us obedient to Christ, which is foremost important in our lives, it can also demolish strongholds by tearing down the inner arguments we often support with negative self talk.

You might think that self talk is something other people do, but if you stop and think for a minute you may remember a little voice not only suggesting, but also encouraging you to drop your diet when temptation set in. I hear it all the time, and sometimes that self talk slips through my lips when I say, this is the last one, one more, or this is so delicious, I can’t stop! That’s all self talk, either encouraging or discouraging you along your journey.

Imagine the power we could have had if we strongly suggest persistence, and then continue to suggest it until we persuade ourselves that it is the best choice to make. That’s taking our thoughts captive.

Until we determine that turning back is not an option we’re destined to slip up. But when we run the race with unwavering determination we are guaranteed success.

Keep running the race ladies, and till next month, Live Well!

©2009, Darlene Schacht

4 comments for “Dieting? Choose Guaranteed Success

  1. Jennifer
    June 8, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    This article was an answer to prayer. I was totally ready to give up on my journey to a more healthy life, feeling completely alone and then I came across this article. Thank you so much for posting this along with the Bible verse. It was truly an encouragement to me.

  2. June 21, 2009 at 11:41 PM

    Brilliant. Thanks!

  3. June 29, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    “Until we determine that turning back is not an option we’re destined to slip up.” amen, amen and amen beautiful mama!!!

  4. February 3, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    It has been awhile since I have visited and what great timing God has for my return! This was perfect to read and hear… I needed it. What truth! Thanks!

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