Tearing Down to Build Up

by Brittany on July 26, 2012

Today, I was going to do a post on my exercise routine.  After reading Courtney’s post, I decided to hold off so that I can explain what I do and why.  (Love to you Courtney!)  If you haven’t read her post, I HIGHLY encourage you to do so.

I decided instead to share with you something that broke me… in a good way.

My friend Lindsay wrote a post on tearing down idols.  It reminded me a lot of our bookclub book, The List, in some ways!  

Anywho, I think exercise along with anything else can become an idol.  

When you are sick, becoming well and doing everything you can to make yourself well can become an idol.  

Your husband or wife can be an idol.  Your children.  You get it.

It really made me step back and think of what in my life is getting in the way of me and God.

In Matthew 6:21, Jesus tells us “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”.  I don’t want to give my heart to false idols or “gods”.  I want to give my full heart to Jesus.

To know what your idols are, all you have to do is look to see where you spend your time.

It was quick for me to realize where my time went.  It went into blogging, cooking, school, and work.

Obviously I’m not going to quit my job or school, but the cooking and blogging I can do something about.  I don’t spend a ton of time writing my posts.  Where I spend time is browsing other people’s blogs, and responding to readers.  I just love you guys!

How am I going to change this? 

I’m not going to quit blogging by any means!  However, I might not post daily.  I’m going to post when I have “time”.  Blogging has been an incredible journey for me.  It has been my therapy, brought me real life friends, and given me an avenue to shine for Jesus.  I don’t believe that God wants me to stop blogging, just be more mindful of the time spent.

Also, I LOVE you guys, but I am going to cut back time browsing blogs and focus on God and family time.  I’m only going to be on blogs when Luvy isn’t around AND I’ve already spent time with God.

God knows we have lives, and we have other priorities. However, I don’t feel like I’m giving him my BEST.  Time with him shouldn’t be something that we do just so we can mark it off the list for the day.

He deserves our best… MY BEST.  After all, he gave us his ALL.  So, I’m going to make it my priority to give him nothing but my best.

The cross xlarge

Thank you a million times Lindsay for writing this.  I’m ready to tear down my idols!

Do you have idols in your life?

What are you doing to change your lifestyle or habits?

Any thoughts on Courtney’s post?


{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life July 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Thanks so much, Brittany! xoxo


Brittany July 31, 2012 at 8:04 pm

:) I’m e-mailing you here soon girl! xoxo


Alex @ therunwithin July 26, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I am so proud of you for realizing where your balance needs to be. I am glad you have discovered this approach and are finding peace with your decision. You are always an inspiration and a little less time blogging will never change that!


Brittany July 31, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Thanks Alex! You are an inspiration as well girl! :)


Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries July 26, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Wasn’t Courtney’s post a great one??

I definitely took to heart Lindsay’s post too. I recognize that if I want my blog to grow and be successful, I do need to put time and energy into it, just like anything else that you want to do well at. BUT I am definitely guilty of reading other blogs, responding to emails, etc. when I could certainly be spending more time with God. There have been those mornings where I get so caught up in reading blogs, and then before I know it, I need to leave for work and don’t have time to do my morning devotions. I get so frustrated with myself in those moments. I’ve been working on making sure I put God FIRST every morning.


Brittany July 31, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Both of their posts were great! I’m right there with you! I am so guilty of getting caught up in the mornings and not giving God my time. Doesn’t it just make your day so much better when you put God first??


Maria July 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I love how you titled this post!

I used to blog all the time and was always thinking about it. Now that I’ve taken a similar approach to blogging (only when I want to, which sometimes, is every 3 weeks), I’ve found it to be much more fulfilling and fun. It’s so easy to get our priorities mixed up and take our focus off God (sometimes before even realizing it), so thank you for that gentle reminder :)


Brittany July 31, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Thanks Maria! I’m actually really enjoying blogging more now that I’m not putting so much pressure on myself. (Like the fact that I’m responding to comments 5 days late!) My days are so much more peaceful putting God first!


Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness July 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Love this post! I was so affected by both Courtney and Lindsay’s post, as well as now yours! I can’t thank you all for sharing your honesty, thoughts, and opinions! I love that you are on a mission to find your happy balance!


Brittany July 31, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Thanks, Danielle!! Finding balance is so difficult sometimes!


Heather @ Better With Veggies July 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Beautiful post! I know for me I’m looking for what is right in my life and I’m trying to blog at lunch, instead of at night. Now, I’ve only done it once this week, so I guess I’m not doing a very good job, but it’s a start!

I’ve also found that doing pre-planning and creating a calendar of what I’m going to post about has helped tremendously. That way I can do some stuff early (like the videos I posted today, I did those on Monday and edited throughout the week) and maximize my time.

Good luck to you as you find the balance that works for you!!


Brittany July 31, 2012 at 8:11 pm

What a great idea!! I need to start planning out my posts more!


Matt @ The Athlete's Plate July 26, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Love this post! I post when I have time and haven’t wrote one in a month… ;)


Brittany July 31, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Thanks Matt! I know.. I have been missing you! :)


Wendy July 26, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Love the post, and YES bring your flour and we will bake together and be in happy bliss!!


Brittany July 31, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Thanks mom!


Lisa July 26, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Beautiful post from a beautiful person! This is so great. I definitely loved both of those posts by Courtney and Lindsay and have been making efforts to uncover my health journey. I think our balance changes all the times, just with what our goals are at the moment.
You will find that balance, it just takes time!


Brittany July 31, 2012 at 8:14 pm

You are so sweet Lisa! My balance has changed in so many ways over the past few months!!


Min July 26, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Brittany, I really really love this! I have many idols in my life and blogging has def become one of them. I realize this. I used to wake up, and the first thing I did was to pray and spend some time with the Lord. Lately, I’ve been first thing I do – turn on my computer so that I can write a post, read other people’s blogs, comment, check my twitter…Obviously I was aware of this change in my routine, but it wasn’t until I read this post that I went “this is an idol.” I’m reading The Purpose Driven Life again with my women’s group, and today’s reading was about how our first priority should be to please God. I want to make him smile. I def need to get my priorities straight and make some much needed changes! Thanks, Brittany!

Oh and btw, I’m so sorry..I didn’t realize that some comments were going straight to my spam, and it wasn’t until early this morning that I realized yours were included as well! It’s a lil late, but thank you for your kind words and encouragement!


Brittany July 31, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Oh girl… I get comments stuck in my spam all the time! I’m so excited for you!! I’m so glad that this post was helpful! I have found myself in the same spot. My life has been so much more peaceful after starting to tear down this idol!


Jessie July 27, 2012 at 5:28 am

Love this post, as well as the other girls. I love how honest ya’ll are being, and having the courage to open up to all of us. All three of you are such inspiring bloggers, and I’m so grateful to be able to follow. Last night I saw the most beautiful thing. I walked into our bedroom, and my husband was sitting there reading the Bible. I’m not sure when the last time it was that he read the Bible, but loved that he was. It made me realize, that I too haven’t read it in so long. I’m definitely going to bring it up to him about us reading it more than usual.

Have a wonderful weekend girl!


Brittany July 31, 2012 at 8:21 pm

That is wonderful!! I’m so glad to hear this! It is such a blessing to read the Bible together. It has really strengthened our marriage.


Jessie July 31, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I believe it really is something a marriage should do together. There is no such thing as a “perfect marriage”, but there is such thing as a strong one and healthy one. I believe the bible really opens both minds, and brings such positive thoughts and love to the marriage.


Lindsay @ Lindsay's List July 27, 2012 at 7:43 am

a daily battle. one i’m willing to fight. because it truly means life or death for me and my family – the future.


Brittany July 31, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Mine too, and I can’t thank you enough for being such a Godly inspiration! Love you friend!


Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen July 28, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Thank you first of all for directing me to Courtney’s post. I had not read it, and I’m SO glad I did.

Secondly, this is a great discussion on the topic of idols. I sometimes feel guilty that I don’t spend as much time reading other peoples blogs as I “should.” I do enjoy it when I make time for it…but often I am busy cooking, or making nut butter, or watching a movie, or just spending time with my family, roommates, and friends.

I shouldn’t feel bad about, so maybe that’s an “idol” to knock down. I have many more, Lord knows.


Brittany July 31, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Wasn’t her post wonderful!!

Girl.. don’t feel bad for not reading blogs enough! That is wonderful that you focus on those things. I just need to focus on those things more!


Meg July 29, 2012 at 1:12 am

I really loved Lindsays post, too. It is in my mind ever since I’ve read it. I’ve been definitely trying harder to tear down these idols all weekend. I really thank her for that post. It was incredible.


Brittany July 31, 2012 at 8:25 pm

It was a WONDERFUL post!!


Jane July 29, 2012 at 11:03 am

I’m glad you can identify some of those things you think are really just taking up too much time! I know just due to recent events in my life, I really am focusing on what I think is important, and making every moment count! I’m sure that could become an idol too lol … xoxox


Brittany July 31, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Life events can certainly change our focus! I’m so glad that you are doing that. I have been doing that as well, and I feel so much more free!


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