The following post was written in 2009. I still believe what I wrote and practice a routine of living a healthy lifestyle. To update the post the first line needs to be changed to read 'sixteen years.' As I get older the more I see the need to be active and eat wisely.
For the last nine years, I have been on this health-kick thing. Really it has become a lifestyle, which includes a fitness routine. I really believe that God has given us an amazing vessel in which to live and it is our responsibility to take care of it.
In the Old Testament, you can find many scriptures dealing with food. God laid out specific guidelines…what to eat, what not to eat. I don’t think that living by those guidelines is mandatory today; Christ redeemed us from the law. I don’t think I could follow those guidelines; how would I include peanut butter and chocolate into my diet.
As a nation, we have so many food choices and quite frankly many of them are bad, no nutritional value and many things we decide taste good harm this amazing thing…our body…that God created. What we eat is a personal decision, however, we are smart people and therefore we should make smart decisions that don’t harm us.
What if we were to all think about this every time we eat?
At this meal I am eating for three:
Me…so that I can have the right nutrients to power my body.
My Family…so that I can be around for them, support them and that the decisions I make will not shorten my time with them.
God…so that I can be what He has called me to be for as long as He wants and that decisions that I make will not shorten that time.
God has given us many amazing gifts, the most important a relationship with Him through the sacrifice of His Son. Now we have the great privilege of living our lives for Him, being followers of Christ, and I believe it is our responsibility to live as long as we can; making wise decisions that support that goal.