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It’s A Lifestyle // by Bethany Thomas

By April 7, 2019Lifestyles

When I open social media lately, I see different kinds of ads saying a diet, a type of workout, a hobby, or even a hair product is a lifestyle. There are video testimonials saying, “It’s not just a diet, it’s a lifestyle!” or written posts saying how they find their whole identity in doing yoga or weight lifting. But is that how I want to view my life or be known? By what I eat and how I work out my body?  

In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary “Lifestyle” is defined:

Noun: typical way of an individual, group, or culture.
Adjective: Associated with, reflecting, or promoting an enhanced or more desirable lifestyle.

When you think about your life right now are you living the way of a “group/culture” or an “enhanced/desirable” way? I think I’m currently chasing after “Lifestyle” as an adjective. I’m viewing everything through a lens of unhappiness. My weight and cluttered house make it hard for me to be happy with either myself or my home. So, I’m pursuing ways fix the things I dislike.

Bethany’s List of Solutions 

You may have heard of Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Atkins, Daniel Plan, Paleo Diet, etcetera. 131 is different from the other diets, in that it considers that people are different. We all process food differently and that means what works for my friend Jill may not work as well for me. 131 is about resetting your body in order to process food better and to learn what foods cause the results you hate. You than take that knowledge and make your own choices, instead of a program making them for you.

  • KonMariThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

If you’ve been on Netflix recently you’ve probably seen Marie Kondo’s show Tidying Up. Her way of keeping tidy is different from what most of us have experienced before. The best part, you focus on it once (over the course of 3 to 6 months) and then your house stays tidy. She categorizes your home into 5 categories instead of areas:

  1. Clothing
  2. Papers
  3. Books
  4. Komono (misc.)
  5. Sentimental Items

To begin you gather all of your Clothes, for example, and place them in one spot. You then go through them with the mindset of, “do I find JOY in this?” if you do, you keep the item, if not, you thank the item and place in the discard pile. Once you’ve decided what you want to keep you then figure out how you would like to store everything. Once you’ve finished the first category you move on to the next.    

Do you see the problem yet? Neither one of these are actually “lifestyles” they are really just a way to make me feel like I have more control over my life. I do not want my life to just be about being tidy. Or just about how healthy I am. All these things naturally change as you go through life. And become the adjective form of “lifestyle”.

I want my “lifestyle” to just be my life. I want my life to first be about God.

God’s List Solutions

  • Seek Me

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

  • Hunger for Me

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6

  • Rest in Me

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28

Before I start these journeys to help “enhance” my life, I need to first seek the ultimate LIFE that Christ has made for me. A Lifestyle as a noun: Christian. My body and home are both things of this earthly world. While I can say “It would be easier to follow God if I felt healthier” or “I’ll sit down and read the bible after I take care of this load of laundry”. I know that those thoughts are actually Satan trying to trick me into taking things into my own hands. If I choose God first, everything else will fall into place and I’ll be living the Life that God wants for me. The Christ Life.

Featured photo by Danielle MacInnes on Unsplash

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