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Here's a guest blog from Chef Phillip Dell:
Galatians 5:22 says “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
We all need to let God have control of our lives and let His Spirit manifest these fruit in us. Each of the fruit has a purpose and a blessing for us and for those around us, but I want to take a minute and focus on a few that are especially helpful as you seek to transform your life.
First, let’s take a look at joy. We are often missing happiness in our lives when we come to the turning point and decide to make a transformation. We often let our successes, or failures, in making the right choices in our diet each day determine our joy. We also let the scale steal our happiness if the numbers aren’t dropping as we would like. What I am here to tell you is that God can give you a joy that goes beyond mere happiness. You don’t have to depend on your circumstances, your appearance, or anything in this world to give you joy. As my pastor has said, “Worldly joy is based on what you have. Spiritual joy comes from who you are in Jesus.”
Let God be your source for joy, not whether you made all the right decisions today or whether you lost weight or not. Keeping your joy is paramount to a happy life and a successful transformation.
Peace is another quality that we often let the world influence far too much. And again, let God be the source of your peace, not your circumstances. If we let the world and the enemy have their way, we will never find peace, but God gives us a peace that will guard our hearts according to Philippians 4.
Let God’s peace that passes all understanding guard your heart today as you face whatever struggles come your way.
Another fruit of the Spirit that is key to a successful transformation is patience, or endurance. In order to have long-lasting change that brings us the results we desire, we have to be patient with the process itself. You didn’t become unhealthy overnight and a few days, or even weeks, aren’t going turn everything around. Take each day as it comes and give yourself time to see the results. You also need to be patient with yourself. If you blow it at one meal, pick right back up with making carefully considered choices at your next meal. Forgive yourself and move on. Patience grows as we surrender ourselves to God and let His Spirit direct our thoughts and actions. Let His patience see you through each day.
The last fruit I want to point out as being incredibly important to lasting transformation is self-control. Proverbs 25:28 says, “Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.”
That’s where we’ve all come from. We’ve all lacked self-control in the past. And, it is the goal that we are trying to train ourselves to during this transformation. We want to be temperate and moderate in all things.
So, let God be the source of your strength as you seek more joy, more peace, more patience and more self-control, one bite at a time.
-Chef Phillip Dell
Chef Dell is proprietor of Sin City Chefs and he was a champion on Season 15 of "Chopped" on Food Network. He's worked at Wynn Las Vegas, Grand Traverse Resort, Benedicts in Las Vegas & many other restaurants.