Reboot

As a church administrator, I get a lot of computer questions, most of which are some kind of problem that needs to be fixed. By default, my first response is always, “Have you restarted the computer?” Most of the staff have heard me say this enough that now, instead of responding, “I’ll try that,” their response is, “Yes.”

Sometimes technology just needs to be rebooted. I had to reboot my phone just this morning because it somehow froze up while doing a back-up of my contact list. My computer ran some updates over the weekend and before they could “finish” installing, the computer needed to restart.  Every now and then one of the AC units at the church has a glitch and all I have to do is turn it off and back on and that takes care of the problem.

Lately, I have felt like I need to have a “reboot” in a couple of areas of my life.

First, I have now lost 49 pounds and in addition to the scale not moving for a couple of weeks, I have been having some other weird things happening in my body. Since the end of the Biggest Loser competition, I have let a few sweets sneak back into my diet occasionally, have not been quite as over the top on my exercise, and have made excuses for not being as careful about what is going into my mouth. It seems like a reboot back to the beginning of the competition and what I was doing at that point has become necessary, both to get my body back in order and to get my focus back on the goal. I have 34 more pounds to lose and I don’t want to stop now, or worse, go backwards. So today I am starting the reboot process. Back to eating my everyday breakfast, heavily weighted with veggies lunch, and reasonable dinner, and nothing after 7:00 p.m. Back to seven days a week, sometimes twice a day exercising. Back to being careful to weigh and measure what goes into my mouth instead of just “guessing.” And I am going to go through my closet tonight and clear out all the clothing that is too big. Hopefully that will inspire me to keep working hard at losing.

Second, I have been struggling to find make time for prayer and devotions. Mornings had always been my best time, but because my workouts now take longer than they used to (and I don’t necessarily want to get up at 4:00 a.m.), that time is not always available. By the time I get home of an evening, there are so many things that need to be done, that it isn’t on my radar to sit down with my Bible. And yet, as soon as I climb in bed I can pick up the book I am reading for pleasure and spend 30-60 (or more) minutes reading it before I go to sleep. So, beginning tonight, my Bible will be sitting on top of my book next to my bed and it will get my attention first. If I finish my devotion and prayer time and still have time (and am awake enough) to read, then I can pick up my book.

There’s probably more, but I’m not sure it is wise to try to “reboot” too many things at once, some might not start again at all. 🙂

How about you? Any areas of your life that could use a reboot? If you say yes, make and implement a plan to get it done.

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