What’s Your Purpose for Staying Healthy?

Have you ever watched the movie, “A Dog’s Purpose?” It’s a cute, sweet, emotional movie which tugs at any dog-lovers heart.

Sometimes I believe our beautiful little white dog only lives to please us. That’s a comforting feeling. He bestows upon us the gift of love. I certainly believe he loves us more than his toys, his chewies and his comfortable bed.

But perhaps you’ve pondered that same question. What is my purpose? Why was I even born? Was it to acquire wealth, prestige, power? Items that never last – are never enough – never truly satisfy? Sadly, some in the church (as well as Congress) think that. They will receive their reward and for some it won’t be pleasant.

No, our entire purpose on Earth is to glorify God. To know Him, make Him known and bring Him Glory. We were made because He first loved us.

 

By You I have been sustained from my birth;
You are He who took me from my mother’s womb;
My praise is continually of You.  (Psalm 71:5)

So how should we show our love to God who created us?

Today is the first Monday in January. 45 million people will begin a diet. They’ll vow, “This time I’ll lose weight!” That usually lasts till the end of the first week. That’s as foolish as those who worship on Sunday and act carnally every other day. They get discouraged and try countless other diets to lose weight – not necessarily healthily either. Why do they fail?

They must find their purpose! They’ll strive to  look good for others, create self-esteem, or lose weight for a specific event. Not for anything substantial – only temporary reasons. This isn’t the right purpose. I believe my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. It isn’t easy, but I try to maintain control as a way to honor my Lord. That’s my purpose! Christians should honor God with their bodies.

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  (1 Corinthians 10:31)

When someone looks at you, do they see someone fit, healthy and vibrant? Or an out-of-shape, tired and older person for their years?

God is a loving God who gave us an abundance of activities on earth. With that, He also gave us free will. Some abuse that gift and create idols out of careers, sports, money, power – or even the enjoyment of food.

Yes, my nutritionist mantra is “any food is fine in moderation” and “eat for nutrients,” but why create an idol out of food? Food shouldn’t control us. Can you stop at one piece of chocolate or potato chip? Losing control gives that food power over you.

Certain foods are as addictive as any drug. Choose healthier foods and you won’t crave junk. Your body won’t tolerate it any longer. Seeking to live for the Glory of God changes us too.

Change starts from within. It’s a personal decision. I can’t make you healthier, you must want it more for you than I do.

First, change your mind-set.  Determine WHY you want to become healthy. Don’t allow it be be about temporal earthly things with no redeeming purpose.

I see so many around me who “live to eat” and it’s very sad. The results are bad knees, exhaustion and a myriad of health issues. I don’t prefer to live like that, do you? Visualize yourself as a strong, healthy person with energy to enjoy life.

How we live brings Glory to God and I live to please Him, won’t you? I pray you’ll love God more than chocolate!

 

2 thoughts on “What’s Your Purpose for Staying Healthy?

  1. Thank you Ellie. I learned long ago that, as Christians, we must witness to others about the Lord. Then I learned that witnessing is a forced option, which means we are witnessing always and often by simply our appearance and attitude.

    When we become real Christians we must eliminate that which no longer has a place in our lives and embrace those things conducive to living for God. You make a connection here, which is mostly unacknowledged by many believers, between living for God and doing our best to be healthy, the great percentage of which derives from eating right.

    I noticed early on, however, that though we may eliminate bad habits which are obviously anti-health, there was never any mention of overeating or bad dietary habits. I even noticed, again, a few decades back, that one particular Christian denomination seemed to have a greater preponderance of ultra-calorie imbibers. Another one had excessive drinkers.

    And, of course, I also learned that many Christians justify overeating and bad diets because the apostle Paul seemed to give them the okay, which he never did. In other words, if ministers have never heard of the Book of Leviticus, refuse to teach healthy living, and are unhealthy themselves due to poor diet choices, then no one in such places receives the conviction they should.

    I was blessed to begin my new Christian life as a young adult in a church that believed in, preached on, and practiced regular fasting. We did one 24 hour fast every week and a two day fast every quarter. We did this as a church. Others fasted more often and longer. Fasting is not only great for gaining spiritual strength and being more effective for God but also helps greatly in overcoming fleshly desires and serves to let our lower nature know who the boss is. It takes a strong will but this can be developed. Making it a regular practice makes it much easier. A side benefit of fasting is giving our bodies a break and time to heal. The Lord has created our bodies in such a way that if we simply follow a few basic practices our immune systems will stay strong, fend off attacks, and keep us healthy.

    I always tell people that a simple starter kit is (1) Stop drinking tap water and drink only the best purified water you can find, especially that which undergoes several steps of filtration, and (2) Take a good organic vitamin C tablet every day. It is amazing what these two simple steps will do for starters, as you well know. We owe it to ourselves and our families, but much more to the Lord, to do our best to be healthy which is largely based on our diet.

    Thank you for your ministry. Keep up the good work. Those who pay attention to the beneficial work you do and to your teaching allows one to be more effective for the Lord and a better witness.

    Blessings to you!

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  2. I appreciate you RJ because you realize where I’m coming from. Trying to limit my blogs to less than 600 words is hard because of my need to explain everything mentally, physiologically and spiritually in detail which I can’t do in one post. Each post falls underneath one of those categories. (It was the reason I created New Creations Ministries, based on 2 Corinthians 5:17 and wrote my health-oriented book, “Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese.” (Nutritional and Life Lessons God Teaches Us)

    Some twist God’s Word, for their own benefit don’t they? God’s original Creation was perfect but man messed it up. That old 2nd Law of Thermodynamics kicked in. ( At least until the New Earth becomes the New Eden – based on much of what Randy Alcorn wrote.)

    Anyway, it’s so frustrating! As Believers, we have the Answer to True Joy but some laugh or scoff. There are so many correlations between Spirituality and Nutrition. I can’t make any one saved any more than I can make them healthy! But when someone finally see the light and begin to change, they ask, “Why didn’t I do this sooner!” Until then, we will simply keep preaching Truth and praying for them. I don’t have all the answers but my heart wants to glorify my Savior with my grateful temple of the Holy Spirit. Blessings back my friend,

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