I know it's been a while since I've blogged. I have been thinking about it, but my mind is a bit sieve-like - when I think of a good idea it usually flies out one of my ears within a few hours...
I was looking at the stats of my blog and by far, my most read post is my Sometimes I feel like a real mother... post. In other words, my most honest one! Not that I lie in other blog posts, but you get what I mean, right?
I got thinking about how the EASY way usually isn't the BEST way.
Maybe you know what I mean?
Let me give you an example:
I've fallen into a bad pattern in the mornings, though actually, the bad pattern starts in the evening: I have been going to bed WAY too late and not getting enough sleep! Elliot wakes at 7am, sometimes earlier, but I let him hang out in his room and talk and sing and read stories to himself until as late as possible.
Then, when I finally drag myself out of bed (Rosie is still sleeping), I get Elliot out of his room and make him a milk drink. And then I plonk him down in front of the TV while I either read my book or go on the computer. Bad move.
The days that Elliot has watched more than half an hour of TV before breakfast he is usually grumpier and less likely to be obedient, at least for the morning, if not the whole day. And I know this, but it's easier you see?
Then I'll get Rosie up and because I've made her wait so long she's pretty hungry so I sit down to breastfeed her, because it's instant food. By the time we get around to breakfast it's often 9am and we're all still in our pyjamas. So we end up being late for all our activities and making our friends wait because we're running late - stink.
So you see what I mean? It's EASIER to stay in bed as late as possible and squeeze as many minutes of sleep in as I can, but it's NOT BETTER.
So I'm putting my A into G.
This morning, I got out of bed at 7am, got dressed, got Elliot up and made him his milk drink. I did turn the TV on, but warned him we would be turning it off to have breakfast soon. Then it was fold a bit of washing, turn the washing machine on, feed Rosie, turn the TV off and make breakfast for us all together. We were all finished eating and ready to go by 8:30am! And it was great!
Once again, it would have been EASIER (for me) to stay in bed longer, but it WAS BETTER to get out of bed on time and get organised earlier!
Another area where I struggle with the easier-but-not-better phenomenon is with food.
Ha, I wish it was that kind of food I was talking about!
It's this food:
You see, I have rather a lack of self control. I am at the heaviest I have ever been. Sure, I have had two children, but I don't like to 'blame' it on them. I just make very bad food decisions. My friends will tell me I'm not fat etc etc, but I have a hard time believing them because I feel pretty gross.
My problem is that it's EASIER to enjoy junk food - chips, chocolate, sausage rolls and all that - than it is to get off my butt and do some exercise. But it most certainly is NOT BETTER!
So I'm trying to make a change. I don't want to take the EASIER path, I want to take the BETTER path. If I change my mindset - see myself as a healthy, active person who makes good food choices, I will start to become that person, and my health and fitness will benefit.
Will you hold me accountable for my choices and pray for me?
The Bible talks about this easier-but-not-better phenomenon. In his sermon on the mount (Found in Matthew 5-7), Jesus said, "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." (Matt 6:13-14)
You see what He is saying? It's EASIER to walk the wide road and enter through the wide gate, but that path leads to destruction. It's harder, but BETTER to walk the narrow path through the small gate because that is where we find life. And He doesn't just mean life as we know it, He means eternal life with God in heaven.
I don't know about you, but I want to enter through the small gate.
I think if God can help me be faithful in my little, day-to-day challenges (and I know He can!), He is more than willing to help me be faithful in walking the narrow path to eternal life.
What can you do today to walk the BEST path, but not necessarily the EASIEST one?