Be as Determined as Caleb in Healthy Ways

I must admit I have favorites in the Bible: Joshua because of his faith, Joseph for his patience and Caleb for his “can-do” spirit. We can learn a lot from these men in respect to our relationship to health too. All three lived mentally, spiritually and physically well-balanced lives.joshua-battle

I have listened to many whiners while counseling: “It’s too hard.” “It’ll take too long!” “My mother-in-law brought dessert and I had to eat it, Ellie.” And on and on. All are simply excuses to avoid healthier living. God commands us to maintain healthier lifestyles (1 Peter 1:16) and Satan wants our destruction; “For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world.” (1 John 2:16)

I admire Caleb for his courage. When faced with a challenge he never ran away, whining it was too hard. Entering the Promised Land with Joshua, he saw conflict and fortified himself with Truth. God would stand with him, not abandon him, giving him strength to endure any conflict. Today God doesn’t abandon us either! (1 Corinthians 10:13)

How many when faced with a health challenge feel defeated? God wants you living a vibrant life, not a diseased one. Are you running from what you know is healthy truth? Self-destructing with chemically-treated, fattening fast food every day is not what God wants for you! Remember that anything is fine in moderation and we live under grace, but consuming a daily unbalanced diet is not holy nor healthy! Think it’s too hard? Hard is enduring cancers, heart disease, diabetes and other debilitating illnesses when you knew it could have been prevented.

Now look at Joseph. God didn’t instantly grant his prayers while imprisoned. Why not? Perhaps God wanted Joseph to grow in grace and maturity before he would handle what God entrusted him with. Maybe God wanted to strengthen his faith. As Joseph patiently endured his trials, he mastered his emotions and actions, eventually becoming second-in-command to Pharaoh. Would he have been ready earlier? No, God’s timing is always perfect.

Today everyone demands instant gratification! I like the quip, “Today’s generation is the only one who will stand in front of a microwave and complain if it’s not fast enough!”

Do you want instant gratification? Would that teach anything? No. The journey is as important as the destination in life. The learning process teaches us to endure, to handle and overcome frustrations. For example, if we always ran to our parents to figure out math questions, we wouldn’t know how to balance a checkbook today, would we?  Challenges strengthen our body, mind and spirit.

Then we have Joshua. He was fearless and faithful. He never caved to temptation or peer pressure when others began worshipping false gods. (Joshua 24:15) He knew God had a plan for everything. He mastered discipline as he trained, wandering patiently alongside Moses 40 years in the desert. When the time came he was a tremendous champion for Israel, leading them into their Promised Land.

Foods can become idols too. Remain disciplined! October is pastor appreciation month. As we ate out with two other couples last week, a luscious peanut butter pie was delivered as a surprise appreciation gift for my pastor husband. Now he loves pies and the pieces were humongous! As we ate our pie, halfway through my husband stopped and asked for a take-home box. He felt no peer pressure to consume it all and enjoyed the rest the following day. I’m proud he honored God.

God and I were pleased. Stand fast also!


13 thoughts on “Be as Determined as Caleb in Healthy Ways

  1. Ellie,
    How are you, sister? Great post. I just received some blood test results and for the first time ever my cholesterol and blood sugar were elevated. Not good. This sentence in your post was really helpful to me, “The learning process teaches us to endure, to handle and overcome frustrations.” It has always been so easy for me to WANT to lose weight, but I am not so good at enduring in the process. I also wanted to let you know that we lost our sweet 14 year old Lab, Rowdy, recently. I knew I would grieve his loss, but this really hurts. He was one of the sweetest, friendliest and most good natured dogs I have every known. We were going to wait to get another dog and just let our Lab/Pit, Kona, be our only dog. But we ended up rescuing a 2 month old Fawn Brindle Shepherd Mix, who we named Ginger. She is a pistol and her name fits her. I forgot how it was like to have a puppy in the house, but she is a sweetie and is fitting in pretty well. Hugs to you!


    • Oh Wendy I am so sorry for your loss of your beautiful Rowdy As someone who lost our sweet Cocker Spaniel I realize that unless one has a pet, they fail to understand. Grieve for the pup you lost without shame and allow the new puppy to eventually fill the hole in your heart.

      As for your health issues, please start taking control now! Increase your fiber content. The fall is perfect apple weather so if you want sweets, bake an apple with cinnamon and vanilla. apples with the skins are high in fiber content and the cinnamon regulates blood sugar. Google fiber in my search engine and write down some of the tips I’ve already written about. Start implementing changes now and you too can take control just as my other patients have. (That is unless you would rather self-destruct which would be very sad to me.) Please take care and write me regarding your progress because I want to hear from you! blessings to you my friend,


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