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March 2009 Jimmy Page Fit 4 Ever

From Intention to Action

One thing I've realized in my life is that I have great intentions. And I would imagine that the same is true for most of us. We make resolutions, we make commitments, and we set goals that we intend to keep. If we're really good, we even give someone else permission to hold us accountable and make sure that we do the things we say we are going to do.

Most of us truly want to experience God's best. We want to get healthy. We want to honor God with our bodies. We want to take care of His temple. But somehow we just don't get it done. And in our country, we have access to more opportunities than in any other country on the planet. Whether it's information, entertainment, technology or even food, we have convenient access.

Unfortunately, convenient access doesn't always lead to action. We learn more, but do less. We have more information, but less transformation. We have more know-how, but less do-now.

ACTION STEPS

1. Renew our minds.
The battle is almost always won or lost in our minds. Negative thoughts always lead to defeat. Every athlete knows that winning starts with believing. We must speak God's Word, take every negative thought captive and retrain the way we think. Eliminate discouraging thoughts and words and use His Word to encourage and bring life.

2. Put up guard rails.
Boundaries are actually necessary in keeping us on track. In Jeremiah 31:21, the Lord says to set up "road markers" and "signposts." Freedom without laws is chaos. Water without borders causes flooding. Fire without controls becomes an inferno. Set limits on your behavior to keep you on the path to transformation.

3. Practice what you preach.
If you have made a commitment to getting healthy, follow through. Even when you don’t feel like it, exercise and eat the right things. Take little steps and build momentum. You may have to force it until it becomes part of what you regularly do.

4. Take one day at a time.
We have a new opportunity to "win" with each new day. Forget the past and win today! Take action today that will result in better health.

The bottom line is this:
Our actions speak louder than words. So, let's get started. It's time to get down to business and turn our intentions into actions!
At its core, this problem is really an issue of integrity. Ask yourself the following questions, and you'll see what I mean.

• Is what I say consistent with what I do?
• Do I tell other people what to do and not do those things myself?
• Is my reputation consistent with my reality?

In Matthew 21:28-31, Jesus uses a parable to illustrate the difference between intentions and actions. It reads:

"... A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, 'My son, go, work in the vineyard today.' He answered, 'I don't want to!' Yet later he changed his mind and went. Then the man went to the other and said the same thing. 'I will, sir,' he answered. But he didn't go.

"Which of the two did his father's will? 'The first,' they said."

They were right. The first son initially refused, but then went and got it done. The second son had great intentions, but failed to take action.

First John 2:6 says that the one who says he abides in Him must walk as Jesus walked. And, according to Jesus, there are two roads in life: the wide road of destruction, which is paved with good intentions, and the narrow road, which is filled with faith in action.

So, as Christians, what are we called to do? How can we close the gap between what we intend to do and what we actually do?

Good question. To get us started, check out the list on the right. It shares four things we can do to move from good intentions to actions.

--Want more? Catch Jimmy Page's 90-second "Fit Life Today" podcasts, now available at www.fcapodcasting.com.

Medical Disclaimer: All information in this article is of a general nature and is furnished for your knowledge and understanding only. This information is not to be taken as medical or other health advice pertaining to your specific health and medical condition. Always consult a physician or health professional before beginning any exercise or nutrition program.


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