I remember the first time I came across the Biblical reason behind veganism. According to Genesis 1:29, God recommended only a plant-based diet for man. I was really fascinated with the thought, plus the vegans I know are really trim and healthy. So I thought to myself, “I’m going to be vegan and eat really healthy!”
So, I cut out soda, pasta, white bread, seasoning cubes, noodles, meat, sugar, cereal, dairy products and a bunch of other things. Now, the thing is that I’m a university student and these are the things I actually eat. Cutting them out meant I had very limited options. I kept up with my strict diet for about two weeks, before I got fed up, and abandoned the whole eating healthy thing. It was just too stressful.
Now, a new year has begun and in setting my goals, I decided to try eating healthy again. I’ve realised that a drastic change won’t work, and that is one of the major reasons our goals don’t succeed. Too often, we start big so we can quickly reach our goals and become fulfilled. But like the saying goes: “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.
So here is what I’m going to do. Instead of running off, I’m going to take a baby step towards my goal of eating healthy and potential veganism. I’m cutting out soda, and replacing it with more water. This goal is easier for me and much more realistic than what I started with. At the end of the year, I won’t be vegan or eating completely healthy meals, but it’s a start. I’ll be soda-free though, and that’s something I can work with.
As we set and work towards our goals this year, I challenge us to be more open towards baby steps. They might not amount to much in the immediate, but they’ll definitely pay off eventually.
“Do not despise small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” – Zechariah 4:10
What baby steps are you taking this year?