Fellow former procrastinators, I remembered a delightful and encouraging conversation from some months ago. It illustrates the question, What CAN I do? (What CAN I Do? October 9, 2017)
I walked out of the gym with a lady I’d never seen before. As we crossed the parking lot, out of the blue she said, “I’ve lost 79 pounds.” Needless to say, I was impressed. “You’re kidding!” “No. I have lost 79 pounds. I started with canned vegetables.”
Now I really wanted to know more!
“My life and my health had to change. The only thing I knew was that I needed to eat more vegetables. I didn’t know the first thing about the right way to eat. I went online and found a group I thought could help me so I signed up. I asked the woman in charge ‘Do I eat canned vegetables or frozen or fresh? Do I get organic?’
“She told me, ‘At this point it doesn’t matter. Just get started.” So I started with canned vegetables. I learned more about how to eat as I went along. And I started exercising.”
It was a wise instructor who did not overwhelm this lady with lengthy, detailed requirements for a healthy diet. She just came alongside her and encouraged her to take simple steps.
The lady in the parking lot was a wise woman herself not to fret over having the perfect plan or the perfect method before she took steps. She didn’t do thorough research or wait for local friends to join her. I’m a proponent of both of those, but they should not cause us to put off action. She didn’t shop for the perfect gym clothes or wait for the approval of others before she got started.
She recognized the truth about her life and health; she accepted responsibility. She took steps; she found help. She ate canned vegetables. She learned and kept growing in her knowledge and application. Seventy-nine pounds later she was telling me her story and enjoying a changed life and good health.
This example is a boost for us as we consider our own ignorance about what to do sometimes. It’s also good for coming alongside friends or children who feel lost about how to do a project or homework. We can ask, “What do I know? What CAN I do? Start there. Learn as I go.”
Sometimes some of us need to set a big hairy goal and tackle a lot at once. Go for it! But remember the value of starting small and keeping on. Just get started.
“Thy Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105. The Lord often doesn’t reveal the whole path at once. He reveals the next step. What step has He revealed for you to take?
The parking lot lady told me she had more weight to lose. I’m totally confident she has done that.
What “canned vegetables” can you eat this week?