Monday, March 26, 2012

Set in Stone!

Joshua 4: 1 And it came to pass, when all the people had completely crossed over the Jordan, that the Lord spoke to Joshua, saying: 2 "Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from every tribe, 3 and command them, saying, 'Take for yourselves twelve stones from here, out of the midst of the Jordan, from the place where the priests' feet stood firm. You shall carry them over with you and leave them in the lodging place where you lodge tonight.' "

In this story the children of Israel finally cross the Jordan to take the promised land (after 40 years!).   When they finally arrive at the Jordan (the crossing point) the Lord has them stop and pick up 12 stones from the Jordan to bring with them.  Why?  Is God into rock collecting?  Of course not.  The stones are to remind them of the journey. A key principle in every area of life (not just physical health) is to pause and remember how far the Lord has brought you!  Stop to remember, stop to celebrate.

It may seem that you are wondering in a forty year desert but I encourage all of you to stop along the way, pick up stones of remembrance and celebrate the small victories. 

Roman and I realized many significant events in our life passed by without a SELAH moment(stop and ponder). If we do not stop and remember where we came from, we are likely to end up back there!

 I want all of you to “map out” a very specific goal sheet for yourself.  Without a map you will wander around the same mountain for the rest of your life. It’s time to cross Jordan and leave that mountain behind you!  It may be weight loss, or it may be leaving behind insecurities and past rejections.  To cross Jordan you need to set a specific route and don’t forget to pick up stones of remembrance along the way.  An example of this for health might be:

Destination:  Lower my blood pressure and lose 50lbs by December. 

Map:  Join a gym this week; Plan a healthy menu; Cut my soda’s in half by the end of the month

Stones:  Take a “before” picture and update it every 6 weeks.  Celebrate each victory with a new pair of “skinny jeans”.

You can apply this to any goal in life.  Set a destination, draw a specific map, and don’t forget your stones!