Noelle is one of my dear friends with an amazing heart for Christ and it is my JOY to have her as our guest today!
Noelle Dey is a Certified Professional Life Coach, a Certified Group Fitness Instructor and the author of “Transformation by Truth: 30 days to a healthy heart, mind and body.” She pulls from her life history, including surviving heart failure at the age of 28, to share her compelling story of transformation as she coaches others through their own transformations. Noelle lives in Southern California with her husband Ryan, their daughter Sierra and their Corgi-Chihuahua mix, Digger.
I could feel sweat beads forming on the top of my head.
Focus straight ahead and keep driving. That’s what went through my mind. But in my peripheral vision, I could see my manager’s obviously-upset-stoic-New York face. And I could see the dirt crusted on the sleeve of his nice suit.
He made the mistake of leaning up against my dirty company car.
The tension became too thick for my fragile stomach, so I decided to air the issue out and apologize.
“Hey, I’m really sorry for messing up your suit. I’ll do a better job of keeping my company car clean.”
Without hesitation, he stammered, “I don’t even care what your company car looks like. But how long has your check engine light been on?”
It had been on for a while. But I didn’t want to take the time to address it. I had people to see. Things to do.
And then it hit me. I don’t even pay for my car. My company owns the pink slip. They pay for most of the gas and all of the maintenance. All they ask is that I keep it running well. My company has blessed me with a reliable form of transportation so I can live out our mission statement to bring hope to cancer patients.
If I am neglectful and my car breaks down, I’m sidelined. My company loses. The doctors who I visit each day lose. And I lose since I love my job.
Guess what? You are like me. We both have company cars.
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. -1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Our bodies are our company cars. We do not belong to ourselves. God holds our pink slips. We don’t have to pay for these company cars. He’s just asking us to maintain them because He wants us to fulfill a mission.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. –Ephesians 2:10
Only you will interact with the souls God has ordained for you to see today.
You have a unique fingerprint on this world.
No one can take your place in the good works God had planned for you long ago.
You are needed in this mission.
So, it’s not just another New Year’s resolution. We don’t have to white-knuckle our days with the mantra, “Eat less, move more.” In fact, when we approach our health like the world does, we get the same results. The failure rate is staggering.
But it’s so hard!
Of course it is. There is a real battle in this world. It’s a battle we can’t see with our eyes. Jesus and Satan both have a mission. They’re shared in the same Bible verse.
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. –John 10:10
God loves you like crazy.
Jesus came to give you a rich and abundant life. That’s not just life after you die. That’s today, and throughout eternity.
But that rich life comes opposed. The enemy’s only mission is to steal joy from you. He wants to destroy. Wreak havoc. He prowls around you, with a desire to kill you.
Can he kill you?
No. He doesn’t have the authority. But can he tempt you? Do whatever it takes to get you addicted to food and beverages that can kill you? Can he lure you into a sedentary lifestyle, which can break down your company car? Absolutely.
So, it’s not another check box on your New Year’s resolutions. It’s a necessity in this world at war. Get in the battle. It’s no longer a battle against chocolate cake (or Flamin’ Hot Cheetos in my case). It’s Jesus and Satan.
And you? Are you doomed for another New Year’s resolution down the drain?
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is YOURS through Christ, who loved YOU (enter your name here). –Romans 8:37
In my book Transformation by Truth: 30 days to a healthy heart, mind and body we seek God’s transforming power to become spiritual powerhouses…to overcome negative thoughts…and to create our healthiest bodies. God has plans to prosper you and nothing is impossible with Him!
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