Healthy Habits: Shaping Up For God

We have all tried many diet and exercise plans over the years. Either they didn’t work or we didn’t stick with them. We know what to do, but we can’t do it alone.

God said we can do EVERYTHING through Him who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13). That includes shaping up. Although many diet and exercise plan is around legitimate concerns about weight loss and overall health, the benefits of following God’s plan of attack for healthier habits are less expensive, easier to carry out, and spiritually satisfying.

Our battle with developing healthy habits seems endless and hard. Just like the Israelites wander in the wilderness for 40 years before reaching the promise land, we too wander for years before reaching the physical fitness promise land.

Our negative influence seems to come from within, with negative self-talk reminding us how many times we have failed to keep our commitment. The Israelites had to first believe that there was a promise land and so it is true with us as well. We must look past our circumstances no matter how hard they are and remember God’s past miracles. No matter what, don’t give up!

Ask yourself, what’s your motive for making healthier choices? One of the biggest reason people find it hard to stay physically fit is they aren’t doing what works for them or they aren’t doing it for the right reason. People put a lot of demands on themselves.

What works for others may not work for you. The best thing I ever did for my health was to view my body the way God views my body; like a temple.

What we do in the flesh has bearing on our spiritual lives. I found it easier to do when my motives for making healthier choices were pleasing God and giving Him all the glory.

 “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20)

But consider also; perfectly good exercising activities can get us into trouble when we fail to practice them in moderation.

God calls us to a life of balance. Next to our need for water and food is our need for a balanced life. Healthy activities like working out, can take so much control over us that we start to neglect other areas of our lives. We must learn to balance our time in the gym feeding our appetites for physical fitness. This way we won’t starve our wife and children of their quality time.

 But I reply, “Not everything is good for you.” And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. (1 Corinthians 6:12)

God said for us to offer our life as a living sacrifice. We must seek out and then follow God’s plan for holy and healthy living. It is easy to become enamored with our own plans. But with God’s help, the right motives, and moderation, we will find the balance between doing the will of God and finding healthier ways to meet our own needs.

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