So as we embark on this challenge to get back to the basics, let’s do it first by accepting that there might just be an insecurity that has allowed us to fall into this whirlwind of believing we aren’t one thing unless we are another.
Let’s swap that for the truth of who we were created to be, who we are and who we are becoming. We know that ultimately God has the final say regarding what happens to our lives, but He gives us the ability to choose. His hope is that we would choose to allow Him the permission to guide us, speak to us and we heed His advice, and ultimately that we would exchange our assumptions with HIS TRUTH!
Let’s get Back To Basics: reevaluating our understanding of what these 3 things mean to us and how they determine our shape…
Here is our ANCHOR basic truth: “I know the plans I have for you, plans to give you a hope and a future”-Jeremiah 29:11
Matthew 6:25-34 The Message (MSG)
25-26 “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.
27-29 “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
COMPLETE EACH EXERCISE FOR 1 MINUTE UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED
–Squats or chair sits
–Jog/march in place
–push ups (knees, toes, against a wall or off the countertop) 30 seconds
–Overhead press ups
–side shoulder press away (bend elbows at your sides, bring hands up to shoulders, slowly push hands out to side away from body, return to start & repeat)
–Back kicks/donkey kicks
–side to side lunges (30 sec each side)
Past Back to Basics Challenge Posts:
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