Today we also talked about some of our success during the week. A few examples were: being mindful and aware of what we were eating, filling our home with more healthful snacks, and budgeting snacks with Ziplocs and little containers. It felt great to look at things we did well.
Melanie also shared with us some thoughts on service. When we think of Christ, we think of his kindness and love. He was not selfish in his actions. As we look to serve others and provide a healthy environment for our family, friends, and neighbors, we ourselves are immersed in that healthy place, also. We reap the benefit of the healthy food we prepare for our family and the environment of movement that we create in our home. How much more fit would we be if we took those wiggly tots (or teens) out for a walk instead of plopping them in front of a screen? With our hearts turned to others in love, we can feel the hope and forward progression of our own goals. What a beautiful principle. Elder Oakes spoke of this concept in his talk "Unselfish Service". He states the following:
"Our Savior gave Himself in unselfish service. He taught that each of us should follow Him by denying ourselves of selfish interests in order to serve others.
“If any man will come after me [He said], let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Now, there is a difference between being unselfish or humble and being a door mat. The Savior doesn't ask us to have unhealthy relationships. He asks us to turn to him and try to do good things. Health and physical strength are righteous desires and the Lord is willing to give us more help in that area then we are probably able to comprehend. As we turn to the Lord for instruction and guidance he will find ways to lift our burdens and heal our wounds as we look to do the same for others.
Have a Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year!