Motivation... I am the volunteer leader of the youth in our congregation. In June of 2010 we were hosting a multi-congregational youth event. As we began to settle into the program for the night I sat down to here the message and pray that God would speak to the teens gathered. As I lifted my eyes from the prayer I began to look at of of the "leaders" from each of the congregations, what I saw floored me. All of the leaders but one was at an unhealthy weight. It was then That I believe God spoke to me, about me, "Randy, you are a poor example to your children, your spouse, your congregation, and these teens you are "leading". Where are you leading them? What example are you giving them?" Then, Silence!
After six months of trying this and that to lose weight I was in a class called "Self Leadership" (part of the masters program I will finish up this May). Two of the books helped me realize that I was attacking the problem half heartedly with no plan ( Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership: The Paradox of Personal Dysfunction by Gary McIntosh & Samuel D. Rima and Leading from the Inside Out: The Art of Self-Leadership by Samuel D. Rima.) I developed a plan that included P90X and a fat metabolizing diet similar to the fat-shredder phase in the nutrition guide, but used by some local body builders, the rest is implementation and accountability.
Prior to moving to GA, I ran a small ministry for teens in NC in which God regularly convicted me that, "You cannot teach what you do not know, and you cannot lead where you will not go." That continues to this day. I have to be the example. In the west we like to compartmentalize our lives: physical, spiritual, emotional, work, home, "church"... however it is that we choose to split it up. But, life does not happen in boxes, each area overlaps and affects the others. Getting my physical life in order is changing my mental, spiritual, family life, etc. It is a work in progress that I hope others will see and choose to make changes in their lives.