Years of being beaten down by life can take its toll on someone’s mind, body and spirit. Do you believe the whispers of the devil when he states you can’t be successful or you have no value? Lies. Satan wants you to self-destruct, destroying your bodily temple so others will look at you and have no desire to be a Christian. Why would someone ever desire to be a disciplined, honorable Christian if that person can’t control their own lifestyle? Would anyone ever wake up and profess, “Wow, I can’t wait to be as unhealthy as Esmeralda today?!”
Actually some do.
“Sylvester” at 550 plus pounds, was so heavy he had to be weighed on a postal scale. The physicians and I worked with him, encouraging a healthier lifestyle but to no avail. Each week only brought excuses. The doctors and I kept encouraging him, not charging for our services. Two doctors even purchased food and a hospital bed out of their own pockets. Nevertheless this man eventually went on The Richard Simmons Show, lamenting the fact that he was utterly alone; because no one had come forward to help him. Of course this man’s sorrowful plight received Richard Simmons utmost sympathy. Sadly Sylvester died about ten years ago, still grossly overweight and “utterly alone.”
Power comes in many forms and this was how Sylvester embraced power. The doctors had offered Sylvester their free gift of assistance which he ultimately rejected, preferring the celebrity attention his weight derived on national television. Is this how you would want to live? Let’s face it every obese person begins merely five pounds overweight at one point. Then something happens and they stop fighting for their health. This can be a variation of mental, physical or spiritual factors. Discovering true recognition on the patient’s part is one rewarding reason I became a nutritional counselor.
Christ also offers us the free gift of salvation and how many turn that down as well? Do we recognize our need for salvation?
“For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift–” (Ephesians 2:8)
There is freedom in becoming new! Do you believe you’re worth living for? Is it worth it to you to choose a healthy, well-balanced life honoring our Lord? (Now I have mentioned many times that any food is fine in moderation if you are not allergic to it or have a health reason to avoid it, but when any food controls you it becomes your idol and an addiction, your personal Asherah pole.)
Circumstances in life can make or break someone. The cartoon above is funny and also so true. Circumstances from our past mold us but we choose our destiny! I have known Holocaust victims who have chosen joy over bitterness. I have seen smiles on cancer patients and even joy from the terminally ill as I counseled them nutritionally, hoping to extend their lives.
We choose our attitude! I have gone through some of the worse this world can deliver and am still standing! I chose the Joy of Christ, who went to the cross willingly for despicable me. It is an unfathomable love. I urge you to find that joy within as I have which rejects Satan’s lies. Stand tall and proclaim that you are someone worth fighting for as well!
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)