Actually life isn’t at all like instant oatmeal. Although we all wish it was, sadly this is not even remotely the case. In actuality, life is like a slow cooking pot roast. As much as we desire to see instant results from eating right for a week, working out for an hour etc it just isn’t going to happen. It takes dedication and hard work to achieve the results we desire in any area of our lives.
What is change really like?
In reality, it is all about slow slicing success. In his sermon of the same name, Pastor Levi Lusko discusses slow slicing success in regards to being a creature of habit or changing our habits. He discusses how the chinese used slicing or Lingchi to slowly cut a person to death. (Click the link to read the description of true Chinese Lingchi, rather gruesome.) However, Pastor Lusko makes a great point, we need to use slow slicing success in our lives to make lasting and effective change. We cannot expect to hack off large chunks and expect to see lasting change; it has to be done in slow slices, a bit at a time.
To really see change, this poster makes a great point.
In our American culture of quick service, instant meals, fast food, express lanes, drive thru service etc we have come to expect the same of change in our lives. We have become an impatient and inconsiderate society, wanting everything now and not have to wait. With almost everything, we “Want it now!” (<- check out the video! a classic) And we don’t want to work for it.
“She was a bad egg.”
Just as Mr. Wonka states after Veruca falls down the chute. That is what becomes of us as we desire the reward without the effort. We become bad eggs, selfish, self-seeking and impatient. And I have to remind myself quite often that it is all about slow slicing success; if I want to see the change I have to stick it out, see it through and wait the weeks it will take to get to where I want to be. I cannot expect to “want it now.”
Slow cooking pot roast
And that is something that is so difficult, I want immediate results. I want to see the calories and inches just fall off after eating a healthy meal, or working out for an hour. Unfortunately, life isn’t instant oatmeal. Unfortunately, life is like a slow cooking pot roast, it has to sit and cook for ours in a broth to achieve culinary perfection. And just like instant oatmeal, you may enjoy the quick results, but they aren’t lasting; instant oatmeal isn’t filling for a long time. Pot roast is a filling and lasting meal, you are full for hours afterwards.
We need the same results from our eating, exercise, and weight loss habits. Powders, supplements, and shakes are great as instant oatmeal; however you need to have real and lasting change. That is why I am big on eating right without all the supplements, powders, shakes etc. That is the direction I am taking in my life, finding natural and lasting options instead of using meal replacement shakes and all of the other “healthy” weight loss alternatives. This options require you to continue their use after you reach your goal to maintain that achievement. Why would I want to do that? I would much rather achieve my goal through natural means and be able to easily maintain through continual eating right and exercising than continuing the use of shakes, supplements, and powders.
What point are you trying to make?
Good question. Let me sum up everything I am saying. As much as we desire it, life is not like Instant Oatmeal. Life is like a slow cooking pot roast. It takes weeks of effort and dedication to reach our goals for change, weight loss, or any desire we may have. We cannot expect everything to get better over night. Look up success stories of people achieving their goals, none of them were overnight sensations. For some, it took years, even decades to reach their lifelong dreams. So I tell you this today, continue the effort and push forward. It is all about the slow slicing success. Take off little chunks at a time, little slices here and there and eventually you will reach that highly sought after achievement.
Let me know what slow slices you are currently making.