Hello! I just started a forty day journey. It’s a journey for a healthier life, not just the spiritual part, but the whole part of me that makes up myself. Rick Warren, author of Purpose Driven Life, teamed up with Daniel Amen, M.D. and Mark Hyman M.D. to form a plan to not only have us feeling better with our spiritual self, but our body and mental self. Rick Warren and his Saddleback Church members together embarked on a journey and a mission to feel better about themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. In one of his sermon’s, he proposed a challenge for his church members to tag along with him. It was a journey of improving their health.
This plan includes a diet; however, dieting is not the only concern. This book talks about the 5 F’s- Faith, Fitness, Food, Focus, and Friendship. It is reminding us that prior journeys to this have failed when we embarked on the journey by ourselves. Faith- ask God to help you through this journey and let Him guide you. Seek Him for every part of the journey; both good and bad. Friendship- God is the intangible one to look upto for help for He created you. However, God knows you need tangible encouragement. He made us to be in community. We were never meant to be buried deep underground or locked away in a cell where there’s no communication with people. He made us to be around people and communicate with them. So with this, we are encouraged to invite friends along in our journey. It doesn’t matter how many friends you invite to take part. If you have just one friend, be grateful for it. If you have a group of friends or a church full of members wanting to take part in this, be grateful for that, too. Don’t worry if the journey finds you with a whole bunch of friends taking part in this. The website will have some things for group members to do. Also, they have a church campaign if a church wants to be involved in it. However you do this, the book cannot stress the importance of having another person along in this journey. This other person, when you fall down and can’t get back up, he or she will be your tangible guide to help you back on your feet.
Let’s face it, often times we find God distant from us when we are down. We need something tangible. Sometimes the “believing is seeing” quote can be a set back to “seeing is believing”. We are humans. God knows us very well. He won’t hate you for leaning on a friend or a group when you fall. He will be grateful you took a step you needed to be closer to Him. The other F’s: Focus, Food, and Fitness deals with dieting and exercise; however, includes focusing your brain on the positives, rather than the negatives throughout your journey. Is it better to say, “I have 7 unchecked goals on my to-do list today” or “I did 3 out of 10 things on my to-do list today. Tomorrow I can do better by trying to reach 1 more!” It is better to do the second one. It sounds more positive. Although you had failed at something, you turned the failure into something you can work on and learn from for a better you tomorrow. You have told yourself, “I may have done not so well today; however, starting tomorrow I can do each day 1 more thing on my list and eventually cover all my goals in my daily to-do list.”
Now the food diet, if you are worried about it, it is not a big change. There is a list of what you are recommended to eat daily. I have mentioned that I started to take a part in this journey. Today was my first day and I had prayed to God telling him my concerns in finding someone to do this journey with. I have thought about blogging to see if any of you would like to join me in this journey. We can work together online encouraging each other. It don’t have to be one other person, it can be 5’s, 10’s, 100’s…. It doesn’t matter the number of people who take part in this. What’s more important is that we are willing to work and communicate with each other. Yes, we will stumble and we will fall. But the greatest triumphs didn’t come from taking the easy road.
So, will you join me? If you are interested, the forty day journey I am taking is Rick Warren’s “The Daniel Plan”. So far, the book has been amazing from what I read in the introduction and Day 1. You don’t have to buy the journal, however, I had bought the journal along with this book thinking it will be a helpful guide to my journey. I also have a separate book where I answer journal questions from the journal book that involve long thought provoking questions, and space. But the book does help reflecting on the day- how it went, what you ate, how well you stuck to your food diet, etc. It reminds you of your goals you made before you began the journey. I technically started Day 1 yesterday while reading Introduction and Day 1. But I feel like today is my official day where I started trying to do some of what Day 1 talks about. I have just started. The question is: Will you join me? Thanks for reading this blog. Muchos gracias! I hope you will join me in this journey.