Week 2: Day 10 Health Principle: What's Worth Fighting For Jan 10, 2005


Read Matthew: Chapters 9 - 12 __Walk 3 miles: actual miles walked _____ __ Eat 5 fruits or vegetables _____ __ Virtue: Silence-speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.

"A man's enemies will be those of his own household" [Matt 10:36]. Of course, it's rare that those of one's own house become enemies to the point of taking up arms. But, those of one's household can do most to sidetrack a motivated person from good intentions and new resolutions. Many major goals (like a new exercise program or new way of eating) require small but consistent daily amounts of time that family can derail. New behaviors and new commitments can leave family and friends surprised and upset: What do you mean you don't want to sit here and drink a coke and watch T.V. tonight? You want to leave me here alone and go for a walk? You want 15 minutes alone to read scripture? I've been looking forward to seeing you all day. These children need someone to corner them with their homework! I'm hungry!

There's always the continuous fight with one's own volition. We often walk a narrow beam of resolution (surrounded by private temptations) and the slightest expressed discomfort by a loved one pushes us into broken resolutions and the valley to depression carpeted with good intentions.

So, what do you think is worth fighting for? What means so much to you that you'll stand up to anyone . . . even the people you love?

Here's my list. Scan through it, then consider making your own written list and sharing it with those you love (please don't put "the remote control" on your list).

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