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Now that the end of January is within view, where are your New Year’s health goals?  Are they already dim?  Or are you moving forward with confidence and joy? To be honest, I’m a slow-starter in January.  It often takes me well into the month to feel settled and committed to the New Year. Thankfully life is a marathon and not a 50-yard dash, so it’s very OK to not be complete in figuring out what you want from 2016, and/or to realize that you need a little more personal “oomph” to make it happen.  That being said, I have three tools to share with you today: a thought, a book, and a free download.

Finding Clarity

Perhaps it’s hard to know what to do because we simply have too many vague thoughts or goals tossing and bouncing in our minds like ping pong balls.  What exactly do you want? What exactly are your health goals?  Is it to lose weight? Kick the cravings for soda or sugar? Find an exercise that you enjoy and take part in regularly? Gain the energy to play with kids at the playground? Feel the joy of self-control?

Then, if you know what you want, do you know how to get it?

Even the Savior himself, says Michael Hiatt, a business coach and inspirational speaker, often needs us to know and express what we want before He can help us:

I want to go to an example from the Gospels where Jesus on three separate occasions asked people, “What do you want me to do?” Now the interesting thing about this is that from a Christian perspective Jesus is all powerful. He’s got all the resources. He can do whatever he wants. He doesn’t need anyone’s permission. And yet three different times he asked people, “What do you want me to do?” For example, he asked the blind man, Bartimaeus, “What do you want me to do?” He asked this of the two blind men on the road to Jericho, and he asked this of James and John when they come to him before his crucifixion. Now get this. He wasn’t willing to meet people’s needs until they got clear on what they wanted. That’s why he asked them, “What do you want me to do?” The same thing is true for you. What do you want in your best year ever? The issue’s not power, the issue’s not resources. Those will come along at the appropriate time, but what do you want? The issue is always clarity!

Isn’t that profound?  I repeat: He often expects, wants and NEEDS US to know what we want, and then He can help! (This is in beautiful harmony with D&C 9: 7 ..” that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me. …)

When there is clarity, then it’s a matter of daily small decisions and actions – on, according to LDS author Lili DeHoyos, PhD.,  a Terrestrial level, which will ultimately lead to a Celestial level!

Choosing Glory 

Of several truly outstanding books that came my way in 2015, her book “Choosing Glory” (available at Deseret Book)  is number one on my “life-changer” list for 2015.  Dr. Anderson is not only the mother of 8 and grandmother of 22+ grandchildren, she is a beloved  licensed clinical social worker , counselor, teacher  and speaker who has presented at BYU Education Week with her husband , also a licensed clinical social worker.  They are popular speakers at professional conferences and Church groups around the country with a special gift for teaching how to understand, establish and protect healthy boundaries in relationships in a Christlike way that will surprise you.   Establishing these boundaries refines and defines our own paths to the celestial kingdom.

Her unique and in-depth scriptural study on the three degrees of glory as a model for defining and understanding human behaviors and relationships is inspiring and practical.  She explains that our journey here on earth  is literally the telestial realm where there are mosquitoes, discomforts, human illness, war, etc.  This earth life is, as we know,  the test.  She teaches that our journey and time here involves three kinds of individuals, behaviors, institutions and ways of life:  telestial, terrestrial and celestial.  The scriptures she uses to document this literally light the path to a new way of understanding ourselves, the people and the world around us.

She summarizes as follows:

Telestial Law: “The natural man is in charge.  People in a telestial realm focus on themselves and their own desires, often  without concern for the needs or rights of others. They do what they want, when they want, largely governed by their appetites.” (p. 7)

Terrestrial Law:  “Living terrestrial law is characterized by self-control and deferred or delayed gratification.  Learning to control the natural man brings us out of the telestial realm and into the terrestrial.  Living in the terrestrial makes us safer and closer to God. (p. 8)

Celestial Law:  “Celestial law might be summarized as “Christ-like being. Being like Jesus Christ is distinct from exhibiting Christ-like behavior, which can be found at the terrestrial level.  If we have self-control and we can delay gratification, we can behave like Christ, but we still are not as He is.  In order to truly become as the Savior is, our hearts and behavior must be integrated; so not only do we do the right things, but we feel the right things.  (p. 11)

The main focus of the book is focused on learning to recognize and how to implement healthy boundaries in all aspects of family, social and personal behaviors.  (Be prepared: it’s like nothing you’ve heard before!)

The last chapter, however, focuses on the opportunity each of us have to literally choose glory in all of our behaviors and relationships  She makes it clear that it is truly a choice, and that, through repentance and seeking to understand and apply the Atonement, choosing glory can apply to any behavior!

We can choose glory in how we eat, exercise and honor our bodies.  Learning to delay gratification and acquire long-term habits are the foundation of mastering the natural man, the enemy to God. Seeking to acquire that mastery allows us experience a marvelous realm of living a richer, fuller life that is of greatest value to serving all those within our circle of influence, and our Heavenly Father.

With this New Year before you, what are your desires for your health?  In the three realms perspectives, are your eating and exercise habits at the telestial, terrestrial or celestial levels?

Believe it or not: the terrestrial is the best for healthy choices!

Sister Anderson spends a great deal of time focusing on the value of the terrestrial level with any behavior or life skill. Her “can’t skip” principle explains that It is THROUGH becoming proficient at the terrestrial level with all behaviors that we reach the celestial level.  For example, praying to overcome anger (celestial) will probably not lead to the concrete change that acquiring behavior modification and stress management techniques (terrestrial) will provide.  Her chapter on how to choose an eternal partner explains that a young man’s good money management skills (terrestrial) may be more important in a marriage than the young man who bears a beautiful testimony (celestial) on Fast Sundays, but is unable to hold onto a job or manage a credit card.

Good terrestrial behaviors (i.e., smart eating choices and exercise)  lead to self-mastery and being more like the Savior (celestial).  We need to honor the terrestrial  behaviors of managing our food choices and scheduling time for exercise to grow into the spiritual blessings and progress those behaviors bring.

With both the terrestrial and celestial realms in mind, I have a New Year’s Gift for you!

Nearly ten years ago I put together 101 scriptures (celestial) and some thoughts that were helpful for me in managing my eating and exercise (terrestrial.)   I have not looked at this little book in nearly that long and as it surfaced recently, I realized that although much in my life has changed in the past ten years, much has NOT.  The challenge of managing my eating, weight and exercise is as ever-present as visiting teaching and housework!  And that is life, moving away from the telestial, grabbing a hold of the terrestrial, all with the intention of becoming celestial!

With love and joy, here it is for you now:
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD “101 Bible Diet Scriptures”

 

Carolyn Allen is the Author of 60 Seconds to Weight Loss Success, One Minute Inspirations to Change Your Thinking, Your Weight and Your Life, available HERE.

She has been providing mental and spiritual approaches for weight loss success both online and in the Washington, DC community since 1999 presenting for Weight Watchers, First Class, Fairfax County Adult Education and other community groups. She and her husband Bob are the parents of five children and grandparents of ten. They are now happy empty nesters in Jackson Tennessee, close to Memphis where they center their online business, a very helpful herbal detox in keeping with the Word of Wisdom.