But for now, I'm just feeling good!
It amazes me how the initial accomplishment of a few simple goals can have such a positive emotional affect on a person. It can't yet be said that I've changed my life by any real measure. I've just taken the first few step in a long journey. I'm not that much fitter in body, mind or spirit than I was 10 days ago.
But I feel pretty good about myself.
I think God made us to work this way. It's an internal affirmation that says, "Yes! This is the right road! Keep this up!" Our conscience affirms that acting on our good choices is a wonderful thing. Our self-image is enhanced. We begin to see ourselves in a different, in a better, light. Because of what we've actually done.
Yes, ahead I will be tested. Yes, I will need to persevere. But for now I'm grateful for the internal affirmation God gives that this path is the right one to walk. Perhaps this is a part of what God meant when He said,
"The truly happy people are those who carefully study God's perfect law that makes people free. They do not forget what they heard, but they obey what God's teaching says. Those who do this will be made happy." (James 1:25 NCV) This obedience applies to cultivating our physical, mental and spiritual health.