Creating a Firm Foundation: Getting to the Bottom of the Wellness “WHY”

Creating a Firm Foundation: Getting to the Bottom of the Wellness “WHY”

“…it is by faith you stand firm.” 2 Corinthians 1:24b

Have you ever made a decision to accomplish something, only to become discouraged, change your mind, or give up before you had reached your goal?  As coaches, our clients make decisions and set goals with the intention of succeeding, but they are often met with obstacles and opposition that have the potential to keep them from realizing their wellness dreams.

Those obstacles may be cultural, wrong beliefs, changes in routine, unexpected difficulties, etc; and opposition from well-meaning friends and family members who either do not agree with their choices or who resist change can come as a surprise.

There is much coaches can do to help their clients stand firm in their decisions and reach their goals even in the face of discouragement.  One thing I have found extremely valuable to my clients is helping them dig deeper and get to the bottom of WHY they desire to succeed in their quest for wellness.  This discovery process creates a firm foundation on which to stand when challenges come and it leads to much greater success as a result.

When people are asked “why” they desire an aspect of wellness such as weight loss or better eating habits, their initial answer is rarely the “why” that is big enough to keep them on track.  It usually starts with something weak like, “to be healthier.”  So we ask, “Why is it important to you to be healthier?”  Continuing to ask “why” and dig deeper after each answer will generally lead to the bigger reasons and values behind the decision.

Sometimes the reasons are fear-based.  When a fear-based decision is discovered, it is time to explore other, more positive reasons to continue moving toward wellness.  In the childbirth classes I have taught over the past 22 years there are many who choose natural childbirth.  Not all of them, however, have made that decision for the right reasons.  I have found that some decide not to have an epidural simply because they are afraid of needles or afraid they will become paralyzed.  That is NOT the right reason to choose natural childbirth.  Very few who have made a fear-based decision have been successful in accomplishing a natural childbirth and many of them feel like failures as a result.  I learned early on that I needed to help my students revisit that decision, discover why they have made that choice, learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of their options, pray and ask the Lord for guidance, and get to the deeper “why”.

Decisions and conclusions made based on faith (the leading and guidance of the Lord and knowledge of His promises in the Word) are built on an unshakable foundation rooted in the assurance of the perfection of God’s will.  When we are challenged in that area, we are confident in our God and His direction for our lives; and, therefore, will not be swayed.

Decisions and conclusions made based on fear (an ungodly fear based on circumstances and experiences that contradict the Word of God or because of lack of trust in God or His Word), however, are built on an unstable foundation that is resting on the sin of unbelief.  When we are challenged in that area, our decisions are not firm and we can easily be swayed.

victory (Shannon Tipton)

Shannon Tipton

Keeping those deep, faith-based “whys” in the forefront makes it much easier to successfully navigate the obstacles and opposition.  We know that challenges always come when we have made a quality decision to change.  We can help our clients to be ready when those challenges come.

“Jesus said, ‘Everything is possible for him who believes.’  Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief.’” Mark 23b-24

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; acknowledge Him in all your ways, and he will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5

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“God’s Chisel” by The Skit Guys

Resurrection Power

Think for a moment about the resurrection power that pulsed on the earth after Jesus died, waiting for Him to complete the process to secure our salvation, waiting for that third day to come so that Jesus could be raised from the dead.  In Mark 27:52-53 it even says that at the moment of Jesus’s death, when the earth quaked and the veil in the temple was torn in two, graves opened up and many people who had been dead and buried came back to life and appeared to people in Jerusalem after Jesus was resurrected.  The power it took for Jesus to go to the cross, suffer, die, snatch the keys to death, and be raised again from the dead was so enormous that it spilled over and brought others back to life as well!  Talk about an overflow of power!!!

 What makes it even more exciting is that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is still alive and well in the earth today according to Romans 8:11!  We were not left here alone after Jesus went to sit at the right hand of God the Father.  We are still in the presence of God because the Holy Spirit is here with us; and just as Jesus-God the Son-embodied that power while on earth, God the Holy Spirit is here empowering us so that we can continue the work and ministry of Jesus Christ.

 As we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus, I encourage each of you to more fully embrace the resurrection power that is yours through the Holy Spirit.  If just the overflow of power waiting to raise Jesus from the dead caused an earthquake and brought others back to life, imagine the power that can be unleashed in your life and the lives of your friends as you commune with God!  After all, the temple veil that served to separate man from the Glory of God in the Holy of Holies was ripped for a reason!  It was torn from top to bottom so that we can come freely into His presence and have sweet, intimate fellowship with God; and it is through our intimacy with Him that we can tap into all the power needed for God’s best come to pass on the earth.

 Happy Resurrection Day!!!

 

Faith-Based Decision-Making

Faith-Based Decision-Making

Kristin Schuchmann 1998

 I        Proverbs 3:5

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; acknowledge Him in all your ways, and he will direct your paths.”

          A       acknowledge = (Hebrew) yada  “to know intimately” (in Genesis, yada is the word used when it says that Adam knew Eve.)

          B       We receive direction from the Lord as a result of our intimate time with Him.  Intimacy with God bears fruit.  Clear direction is just one of the fruit we see in the lives of people who are passionately intimate with God.

II       Fear is the opposite of Faith

          A       “Jesus said, ‘Everything is possible for him who believes.’  Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief.'” Mark 23b-24 

Decisions and conclusions made based on fear (an ungodly fear based on circumstances and experiences that contradict the Word of God or because of lack of trust in God or His Word) are built on an unstable foundation that is resting on the sin of unbelief.  When we are challenged in that area, our decisions are not firm and we can easily be swayed.

          B       “…it is by faith you stand firm.” 2 Corinthians 1:24b

Decisions and conclusions made based on faith (the leading and guidance of the Lord and a knowledge of His promises in the Word) are built on an unshakable foundation rooted in the assurance of the perfection of God’s will.  When we are challenged in that area, we are confident in our God and His direction for our lives; and, therefore, will not be swayed.

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