Did you know that more people will die from heart disease this year than any other cause? Why? We eat a lot of junk! The truth of the matter is most of us treat our bodies like a human dumping ground as opposed to a temple of the Holy Spirit. We “calorie up” with sugar saturated drinks, eat way too much fast food, and exercise for some of us consists of going for a run…from the couch to the refrigerator. This is not God’s best for us. God cares about our bodies and he wants us to take care of what He has given to us. Tired of those extra few pounds you are carrying around? Do you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure? As we continue in our expectation series I want to take time to introduce you to another key area of health we will be tackling.
What does Physical Health look like?
“whoever loves discipline loves knowledge…” (Proverbs 12:1 ESV)
Most of us eat what we want, when we want and we use the argument, “it’s my body, so I will do what I want with it.” This is not true, it’s a lie from the culture. It’s not your body, your body belongs to God and he desires for you to use it to glorify Him. Discipline can create a marvelous dependance on God as long as your motivations are correct. but most of us struggle with the nasty ‘D’ word, DISCIPLINE. Here are a few things that helped me as I have started new habits and increased my own discipline factor.
- Don’t Compare – Nothing will discourage you more if you try and compare yourself to other people. Some people are gifted to be vegans. Some people are genetically predisposed to be thin. Stop worrying about everyone else and what the magazine adds tell you to be and seek God for his plan for your health and nutrition. What worked for someone else may not necessarily work for you. Seek God!
- Take it Slow- One mistake we usually make is we pull the plug and make drastic changes all at once. Then we fail miserably and pile on the guilt later and claim, “we tried.” Unfortunately, most of us want instant results and instant gratification. It didn’t take you a week to gain that extra fifty pounds or have high blood pressure so it is going to take more than a week to remedy the problem.
- You Need A Buddy – Seriously, don’t even try and change a major habit on your own. You need the support and accountability of a friend who will let you succeed and sometimes fail without piling on the guilt. You need someone who you can model your health after and someone who will celebrate with you. Isolation = failure.
“ I urge you therefore brothers in view of God’s mercy to present your bodies a living sacrifice, this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1-2
We can do this, together! Josh
Josh Conn is the founding pastor of 217church, a contemporary church in Mercer County NJ. 217church meets Sundays at 9:30am & 11:00am at Sharon Elementary school in Robbinsville, NJ. Visit www.217church.com for more information, or watch a weekend message here.