“And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.” (Titus 2:7 NLT)
Whether you have been on this fitness journey for 2 days, 2 months or 20 years,PEOPLE ARE WATCHING your example. Just like young Titus, who was a pastor that the apostle Paul was shepherding, we too must remind ourselves of the EXAMPLE we are setting for the people around us.
This can be built in accountability. For our co-workers and for our families, these are the people that God has put before us to set the example. As “temples of the Holy Spirit”, we are showing others how we are to treat these sacred gifts from God.
1. When donuts or treats come to work, our indulging is basically giving permission to others. Note: SOME WANT YOU TO FAIL in order to validate their poor eating. This is often when you need to be strongest.
– TIP: To get out of eating junk, a great way is to make a joke out of it. Use “Yep, trying to make that string bikini fit this summer!” or (for guys) “trying to keep this girlish figure!”
2. At home it’s a different story as we set the example for spouses and kids. They too may be in unhealthy eating patterns where THEY WANT YOU TO FAIL, not because they don’t love you, but because they want to VALIDATE their unhealthy choices.
– TIP: Since we want our kids/spouses to have a healthy relationship with food, rather than nagging about poor choice that they might make, start to minimize the poor choices with shopping. Find great alternatives to unhealthy options.
Our example sets the pace for those who are around us. Remember, people ARE watching, and though we are human and can make poor choices, we always can get back up. AND we certainly have the power of Jesus to help us set the example.