Embrace Courageous Choices


Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. — 1 Corinthians 16:13

Thought for the Day: Making a courageous choice means walking on the path of discipline in the area of our food choices. It’s coming to the realization that changes need to be made — and making those changes in the quietness of the pantry, when no one else is looking.

I recently had the most interesting conversation with a friend who lives in Hollywood. This person lives in the midst of glitz, glamour, and extreme excess. She lives in that world, but refuses to live like that world. She is determined to teach her kids something rare . . . the courageous choice. And while Hollywood seems far away from me and my life situations, the courageous choice is something we all face no matter where we live and what issues we’re facing.

Throughout this conversation I kept thinking about our courageous choices with food.

You see, there are two kinds of courage. There’s the courageous act, which is what makes our heart beat fast when the knight fights the dragon or the firefighter rushes into the burning building. These are extreme events most of us won’t ever face. And because most of us aren’t put in positions to participate in a courageous act, we don’t necessarily think of ourselves as courageous.

But there’s a second kind of courage that is widely available but not widely embraced. It’s the courageous choice. This is the decision to do the right thing even when it’s unpopular, uncelebrated, and probably even unnoticed.

The right thing is to make healthier choices for ourselves. The right thing is to satisfy our deepest needs with God, not food. It’s the choice to walk willingly on the path of discipline in the area of our food choices. It’s coming to the realization that changes need to be made — and making those changes in the quietness of the pantry, when no one else is looking.

It’s respecting ourselves enough to be courageous for us.

It is possible to quiet the battle in your mind. It is possible to make the courageous choice. It is possible to stand in that pantry and declare you were made to consume food but food was never meant to consume you. It is possible to consume only that which will add to your health and not take away from it. It is possible.

So make that choice. And then make it again. And then make it again.

You are courageous. Now go out and prove it to yourself.

Dear Lord, I acknowledge that I need Your divine help with each choice I make every day. I don’t ever want to step outside Your will and direction for my life. I am courageous only with You, in You, and through You. Please help me to embrace Your courageous choices for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Your Turn 

Making the right food choices time and time again can feel impossible. We need His help! Have you considered that making the right choices day after day is courageous? Are you ready to walk that path of discipline and get your deepest needs satisfied by God? We would love to hear from you! Please leave your comments or prayer requests on our blog. ~ Devotionals Daily

Lysa TerKeurst

Lysa TerKeurst is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the New York Times best-selling author of Uninvited, The Best Yes, Unglued, Made to Crave, and 16 other books. Lysa was recently awarded the Champions of Faith Author Award and has been published in multiple publications such as Focus on the Family and CNN online. Additionally, she has appeared on the Today Show as one of the leading voices in the Christian community. Each year, Lysa is a featured keynote presenter at more than 40 events across North America, including the Women of Joy Conferences and the Catalyst Leadership Conference. She writes from her sticky farm table and lives with her family in North Carolina. Connect with her at www.LysaTerKeurst.com or on social media @LysaTerKeurst.

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