Yep…I did it. I joined w/ tons of other people around the country this evening & scarfed down a truckload of non-nutritious, grease-&-salt-laden junk food while watching the Patriots pull out a victory over the Seahawks tonight (although I really didn’t care who won since the Packers & the Saints weren’t in it). I’m not going to tell you my exact menu, but suffice it to say, I definitely got my carbs in tonight!
Folks, I just have to share with you that it’s time to stop the craziness in my health habits. I already have high blood pressure & have a family history of heart disease & cancer. So, from a purely physical standpoint, I’ve really got to change my way of thinking AND my way of eating if I want to hang around a little longer & enjoy being married to my awesome wife; to enjoy being involved in my kids lives; & to enjoy watching my grandkids grow up!
But, there’s a bigger picture here. It really has to do with honoring God. If we really believe that we are to honor Him in every aspect of our lives, then that has to include our physical appetites & health issues. Scripture supports this with verses like:
– 1 Cor. 10:31 – “So, then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
– 1 Cor. 6:19-20 – “…do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
– Philippians 1:20 – “As it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.”
Serving God takes energy, stamina, & mental & physical toughness. I’m not saying that you have to be an Olympic athlete. But I am saying that we can certainly have more of what we need to serve the Lord if we are not killing ourselves with unhealthy habits.
I’m still going to enjoy some of my favorite foods – pizza, lemon icebox pie, fried chicken. But, by the power of God & for the glory of God, I’m going to enjoy them in moderation, not in gluttony (I don’t think I’ve ever preached a sermon on gluttony! In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever HEARD a sermon on gluttony!).
I’m not looking to become a bodybuilder or an elite runner. I simply need to listen to what my body is saying to me AND, more importantly, what the Holy Spirit is saying to me, & take better care of His temple – my body.
So, tomorrow is Monday…a new day…a new beginning…a new opportunity to honor God. Are you with me? Let’s do this!