Your Destiny Awaits

How many of your dreams lay orphaned:  Buried beneath the rubble of past mistakes and fears of failing?

For years I have struggled with maintaining a healthy weight.  Fad diet after fad diet mixed with dangerous weight loss pills left me feeling completely powerless to the cravings of my stomach.

After stepping on the scale or clothes not fitting right, I would vow again to only eating salads, rice cakes, and the like.  I swore my allegiance back to the treadmill and weight machines.  Only to be let down once again.

After Ethan was born, I knew I needed to get my weight under control and I wasn’t going to “magic pill” my way to it.  Besides, I had seen how that only offered a short term gain only to be followed up with more weight, and I don’t just mean the pounds.  It was the weight of my guilt, shame and regret.

I had nothing but failed attempts on my resume of weight loss.

If you have struggled with your weight, then you know it is literally a dream to be “normal.” To not think about what you will eat, should eat, or want to eat every minute from waking until going back to bed.

This was my life.  Food, always front and center to my thinking.  For literally decades of my life, a healthy relationship with food was my dream.  I didn’t want to think about food every minute of the day. I didn’t want to be a slave to the scale or my size.  I knew what I wanted, but I had no idea how to get there.

Decades.

I had more than enough reasons, excuses, failures, and blunders to tell me why I couldn’t do it.

Looking back in the rearview mirror of failures, prevent the opportunities for success waiting in the road ahead.

Have you ever noticed on your rearview mirror it says “objects appear closer than they appear?” When it comes to past failures, it often feels like the past is right on your heels waiting at any moment to overtake and yank you back.

What are you looking back on? What’s in your past that keeps trying to inch its way in your present? How is your perception of your failures preventing you from going after your dreams?

Isaiah 43:18-19 says this:

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Choosing not to live in the past requires a lengthy process of restoration and redemption.

I cling to the promise in Romans 8:28, God works ALL things together for good.

Stories of pain are transformed to stories of wholeness and healing

Stories of mistakes are transformed to stories of triumph and victory 

Stories of regret change into stories of redemption.

Today, you are presented with a choice.  Just like I was when I began my journey of a healthy relationship with food and body image.  You can look in the rearview mirror behind you or you can keep your eyes on the road ahead.

You, my friend, have an exciting destiny waiting in the miles ahead.  You possess a God-given, God-sized destiny. Let go of the past because you have a new thing waiting for you.

Blessings to you,

Melissa

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