2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
Health is important, being skinny isn’t! Oh my, did a Nutritional Counselor just say that? Shocking! However I won’t tell you what your “itching ears want to hear” (2 Timothy 4:3) and as some false prophets of dietary health profess. True health comes from the inside out. Be mentally, physically and spiritually fit!
Have you ever asked yourself why you really want to be ‘skinny’?
- Is it because you dislike your appearance and want to look like a supermodel? (God designed you. If you’re God’s child, you’re beautiful to Him no matter what size you are!)
- Is it because someone keeps nagging you? (Strive for health because honoring God is the right thing to do, not what someone else expects it of you.)
- Is it simply because you’re self-conscious by the looks people give you when you walk by? (Well, people stare no matter what size you are!)
- Or is it because you know God expects a disciplined, sincere testimony and you are rebelling against His command of 1 Peter 1:13-16? Jonah also tried to run from God’s commands. (You can’t hide from God) Eat nutritionally balanced because it’s the right thing to do.
Thin isn’t always healthy. Being FIT is healthy! The ability to climb stairs or play with your children without exertion is healthy! Being mentally balanced and alert is healthy! Exuding a countenance of JOY is healthy!
I’ve met many who despise their looks and put themselves down. Whereas some, exhibiting the other side of the coin, continually post selfies, seemingly expounding upon, “I’m so beautiful aren’t I . . . but enough about me, what do you think about my beauty?” Looks are simply the “luck of the draw” you did nothing to earn it – true beauty comes from within. Kindness, patience, helpfulness are all attributes to strive for, resulting in true beauty that endures. That’s beauty God recognizes!
Real change must come from a personal desire to succeed and please our Lord. Is that self-destructive addiction too dear to you?
No one has an easy, stress-free road. Life can get discouraging at times. We then fill the empty void with other idols which leads to addiction because it numbs the pain. Food, alcohol, shopping, gambling, drugs or other addictions will never fill the void that is in your soul. Only God can change lives! Will you allow Him to change yours?
After embracing the Christian lifestyle and experiencing what TRUE joy brings, most people have no desire to return to the decadent, self-deprecating days in which they used to live. Granted that pull will always be there; the same enticement a drug addict, alcoholic or smoker encounter as they struggle each day to remain faithful. God remains faithful. He’ll help you endure.
God doesn’t expect us to be perfect but sometimes we expect it from ourselves. When facing tough times,please don’t give up and exclaim, “Why bother? It’s not worth it!” Because upon conquering addictions, (that ‘old man’ way of life) you’ll wonder, “Why didn’t I overcome this sooner?” There is no feeling as victorious as conquering a destructive habit.
We’ll never find that eternally peaceful life in anything this world has to offer. That’s only found in Christ! Love yourself as God loves you. Realize you have worth simply because you are!
Ephesians 4:24, “Put on your new nature, created to be like God–truly righteous and holy.”