I used to always say “If I had more time I’d exercise more” or “if I had more time I’d read my Bible more.” And honestly, from time to time, I still do. But the other day, as I for some odd reason woke up to be at the gym by 6:30 am (got there at 7am), I was realizing that I was making time. That was something else someone one time told me. They said, “Well, if you want to do it, make the time.” I always responded “I don’t have the time to make the time.” What that person was saying to me was more to the point of “If it’s important to you then you’ll find the time.”
Think about that for a second–finding the time verses making the time. What is the difference? It’s the importance of it.
How important is my health to me? I thought about this as I etched out an hour and a half to catch up on some TV shows that were on the DVR. I was willing to set aside time to watch some TV shows. Why can’t I be willing to etch out time to exercise? Or more importantly, why can’t I etch out time to spend it with God.
I decided to look at what was important to me. How important was my health to me? Being at over 400lbs six years ago, it was very important to me. After some time I realized that if setting aside time to be healthy was important to me, then how much more important should spending time with God be to me?
Now here’s the thing–there’s no magic bullet. There’s no special plan or trick. It boils down to a shear act of will. Not an act of will to find time or make time, but an act of will to make it important. Where does spending time with God, with praying, with reading, with working on your own spiritual walk, place as importance to you? If it’s not where you think it should be, then work on making it important. When it becomes important then it becomes a priority to make sure you place it first on your to-do list for that day, week, month.
Same thing with health. Do you want to be healthy? How important is that to you? There’s no easy answer, there’s no magic trick, there’s nothing but a shear act of will to make it important. I’m not saying that you can’t use programs that are out there, some are very helpful.
In the end, it is a matter of a thought change. How you think of things matters in how you place them in importance of what you do.
Now here comes the easy answer–Pray. Pray that God helps you with making Him important in your life. Pray that God helps you being healthy in your life–physically, emotionally and physically. And then allow God to work in your life. If you’re not a believer, try it out anyway and see what happens. But allow God to work if you ask Him for His help.