During each session, Lysa gives us a theme word. For the first session, the word was empowerment. Our word for this session is Determined.
Webster’s online dictionary defines determined as: having made a firm decision and being resolved not to change it.
Determined is a mindset.
At the opposite end of the “mindset spectrum’ is desperate. Desperate is defined as: feeling, showing, or involving a hopeless sense that a situation is so bad as to be impossible to deal with.
As Lysa so eloquently put it…Desperation breeds defeat.
When we are desperate, we want instant gratification. We become laser focused on what we want. We see what we want. We think about what we want. We simply MUST have it or we couldn’t possibly live on!
In desperate times, we just might do, say, eat, or give away….ANYTHING!
In Genesis 25:29-34, we find an exchange between two brothers illustrating what desperation can do:
One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home from the wilderness exhausted and hungry.
(Can you say set up for desperation? When I arrive home after working all day exhausted and hungry…the best intentions in the world just may not be able to keep me from running to a drive through instead of cooking a healthy meal.)
Esau said to Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me some of that red stew!” “All right,” Jacob replied, “but trade me your rights as the firstborn son.”
(Do we have some sibling rivalry going on? Jacob did NOT have Esau’s best interests in mind. However, Esau’s defenses were down…he smelled the soup, the saw the soup, he wanted the soup, he simply had to have the soup. So….. he went straight into crazytown-manipulation-drama-king mode:
“Look, I’m dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to me now?”
I am sure NONE of you have eeeevvvver gone into drama queen mode (the attitude, pouting, noodle-necking, sulking, silent treatment, oh no I am fine…just about to die), when you desperately wanted something.
Divas, we have to be careful with desperation…it breeds defeat. We want …..and we want ….and we start manipulating to get what we want and before we know it….desperation turns our manipulation back on us, and WE GET PLAYED!
But Jacob said, “First you must swear that your birthright is mine.” So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. Esau ate the meal, then got up and left. He showed contempt for his rights as the firstborn.
Divas would you trade your inheritance for soup?
One method of handling “physical” desperation is to not allow ourselves to get soooo hungry we become desperate.
Part of the homework for this week is to determine in advance what we are going to eat so that we are not caught off guard…exhausted and hungry! If you need help, check out our post on the plate method and plan out at least 3 days worth of meals.
Maybe you don’t have a food issue. Where do you become so desperate in your life that you make “feel-good right now” decisions with painful long-term consequences?
Come on back later this week as we talk about “spiritual determination”.
Keep us posted about how things are going in the comments section!