A month ago, I made a resolution. I knew what I needed to do, I talked about what I needed to do but that was about as far as it went. Then last month as I was chatting with my doctor during one of my many visits (she likes to keep a very close eye for she has decided I am a trouble-maker), something suddenly clicked inside my brain. Maybe just maybe I should move from being simply a listener. Perhaps... I should become a doer as well. Hmm.
What a novel idea!
Knowing that if I did not take action right away, I would forget that I had even considered everything, I went into action. I had already laid a bit of groundwork. Knowing that I needed someone to help keep me accountable, I had already started a water aerobics class at the crack of dawn on Saturday morning. Okay, it was not exactly the crack of dawn but it was close enough.
I'll admit it though. When it comes to that sort of thing I can be well, rather untrust... um... well... a bit irresponsible so I enlisted the help of a very responsible friend who has known me since I was 14. I can't fool her and she knows exactly how to handle me. Though she is a swimming instructor and is in the water all the time, she agreed to come along with me and keep me accountable.
I knew I had to do more than this though. I set up an appointment with a dietician and I started paying much more attention to what I ate and when. I started to faithfully monitor my blood sugar much more regularly and added additional exercise to my routine.
This morning, I paid a visit to my doctor. She wanted to see the evidence that I was doing what I had resolved to do. Hmm... first there was the gradual loss of weight. Yes, I am losing weight but not too fast. It was just at the rate which she wishes to see. Good!
Next, she checked my meter. How was I doing. Good! I was checking my blood regularly and at various times of day so she could get a more clear picture of how I was doing. She wrote down the numbers according to the time of day I had taken them and studied them for a moment. Then turned her chair to look at me, leaned back a bit and grinned.
"This is exactly what I want to see. You are doing it. Keep doing exactly what you are doing and we will see what you A1c looks like in mid-May but I think if you are continuing to do this we will not have to put you on meds for cholesterol and we may even be able to reduce your diabetes meds or even get you off of them as well. We shall see but you're doing good!"
This is applicable to my spiritual life as well. I may know what I need to do. I may be able to even tell others what they need to do. I might even be able to hep them do it. However, unless I actually apply it to my own life and do what I know to do, it will not make one bit of difference. You've got to apply it!