When life presents you with its challenges, problems, and unavoidable negative circumstances, you must respond. However, exactly how you react is entirely up to you. Whether you give up, give in, or give it your all will determine the outcome of your particular situation, even in terms of health and fitness. For example, most of you can relate to giving up in the past when it comes to losing weight.  How many diet plans have you tried over the years? How many exercise DVDs (or VHS tapes) are in your collection? How many gym memberships have you had?  Of all those things, how many have you stuck with? More than likely none of them, or you would not still be overweight. Those who struggle with eating disorders often endure a similar cycle as they look for ways to become free.

Admittedly, giving up is bad, but giving in is even worse. At least when you give up, you have tried, if only half-heartedly. In contrast, a person who gives in does not try to change at all. On the contrary, they simply accept their overweight condition because other family members and/or friends are fat. They do not fight to reverse hypertension, diabetes, or high cholesterol because, “Everyone has to die of something.” In short, they simply acquiesce and accept defeat in the belief that it was already assured.

Then there are those who do the opposite. For one reason or another, they do not give up or give in. Conversely, they choose to give it their all, and they do not stop until they succeed! You have, more than likely, experienced this in other areas of your life at some point. If you think back, there are probably many times in your life when you did not quit, either because you did not want to, could not afford to, or were not allowed to.

For example, we usually do not quit when it is something we enjoy or have an interest in learning or doing, like sports, crocheting, or baking. Moreover, a wise person does not quit a job he hates until he secures a new one. Likewise, when you were a child, your parents probably forced you to attend church, school, or extracurricular activities. In all of those instances, you endured the discomfort, inconvenience, and hard work that accompanies perseverance, but if you are honest with yourself, you will admit it was always worth it, if for no other reason than it was proof that you are capable of achieving success, you can endure hardships, and you can overcome your circumstances.In other words, you can do this through Christ! He brought you through each time before, and He is ready, willing, and more than able to do it for you again! The question is, are you ready to finally give it your all? If so, purchase your copies of the Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook and the Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher’s Edition online today at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.com. In the books, you will learn the biblical principles regarding the body, dieting, exercising, and maintaining a healthy body for the glory of God. Read our weekly blog for motivation to stay healthy and fit through Christ. Follow us daily on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for recipes, and diet and exercise tips. Tune in to our syndicated radio show on iTunes, Spotify, the StudioW Buzz Radio Station, and Victory KVDW 100.9 FM, 95.3 FM, and 1530 AM in Little Rock, Arkansas for interviews and health and fitness trends. Lastly, make your tax-deductible donation to Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries at www.eatingasanactofworshipministries.org!

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