“and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” (Colossians 3:10)
Some want it all . . . the large, luxurious home with the three car garage – without committing the money it takes to maintain it.
Others long for the perfect marriage, children and happy home life without investing the time involved in cultivating those relationships.
Many desire all the benefits of Christianity too, without ever delving into the Bible. They have no idea what Christian commitment looks like. “Just get me into heaven with all the benefits without standing out like some fanatical Christian.” After all what would the co-workers think if all of a sudden they evoked the name of Jesus in thanks or prayed over their lunch?
So it’s no surprise that many expect to be healthy without committing to what it takes to become healthier. Wishing doesn’t make it so. As my mother used to tell me; “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.”
Nowadays we live in a culture where “every kid gets a prize.” What’s this teaching the child? Only that they needn’t exert the effort, because everyone will reap the same reward either way. News Flash: this world is not fair and no one wins every prize! Some of us have larger physiques while some are built like sticks, but neither are necessarily healthy. Therefore a healthy lifestyle takes work too. It’s the work that makes life worthwhile!
The journey IS the destination. Along life’s journey, we learn we are each unique, different sizes with different personalities which reinforces individual strategies. This allows YOU to develop successfully because you are the only one who lives inside your body. Sure you’ll have setbacks, we’re human but if humans were perfect already, why would we need the Lord?
And besides, it is only after we become aware of our faults that we become convicted and desire change. Just like Salvation! Similarly, it is only after we begin to eat more healthily, experiencing that wonderful vibrancy and Joy that true health and Salvation brings, that we have little desire to return to that decadent lifestyle which only brought sickness and pain. Praise God for a discerning spirit that chooses a vibrant lifestyle!
It takes conviction to continue and become as physically fit as God expects us to be. But occasionally in our humanity, we become complacent and just like the Israelites who longed for the days of plenty back in Egypt, we forget the Grace of God and occasionally long for decadence.
I discovered that recently after consuming an overly fattening meal at a party. I had conveniently forgotten that eating too many fried foods doesn’t exactly reap a healthy ending. My body rebelled and I was miserable. I remembered WHY I didn’t want to eat that way anymore. No benefit in it! I decided I definitely didn’t want to go back to a sluggish, lifeless existence when choosing a vibrant, healthy one is so much better!
Isn’t it great that God gives us the freedom to choose? We do not live in a legalistic world of “Thou shalt not . . .” when it comes to food. I’ve spoken about this many times based on 1 Corinthians 10:23. Your body craves the benefit of nutrients to stay healthy and God has given us the desires of our hearts to choose among various items. I prefer nutrient-dense selections which produces more reward rather than processed, empty calories. I prefer feeling younger, more vibrant and alive! That’s my choice, what’s yours?