Best for Your Body

Posted on May 16, 2017 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

You’re probably aware that over the last three years I’ve talked numerous times about the drug problem in our community.  I’ve talked about the importance of forgiveness.  Repeatedly I’ve warned of the dangers of malice, alcohol, lying, cheating, adultery … you name the sin, I’ve discussed it many times.  When I talk about these things, I rarely hear comments to the effect of “you need to move on to something else,” or, “aren’t there more important things you can talk about?”

But when it comes to one of the top sins in our area -- abusing our bodies with unhealthy foods and living an unhealthy lifestyle -- I can occasionally see someone roll their eyes at me the way I see some teenagers roll their eyes when I talk about what music they listen to.  In the same way a steady diet of filthy music will influence them to move in an ungodly direction, a steady diet of unhealthy food and exercise habits will move you in an ungodly direction that depicts a lack of self-control.

I deal with this sin as much as any other.  I am constantly tempted to sit on the couch and watch TV or work on a sermon instead of taking care of my body.  Just because I haven’t let my body get completely away from me doesn’t make me any more righteous TODAY than someone who is over 300 pounds and struggles as well.  There are a number of people in our congregation who are more than 100 pounds overweight but they are more godly than I am in this area because they have been making godly physical decisions for the past year.  There are people who, on the outside, still look overweight and out of shape, but they have confronted their sin and doing what they need to do to take care of what life they have left.  They eat foods and exercise in proportion to their metabolism and physical needs and abilities.

Case in point, I was in a car accident 2 years ago.  It prevented me, for over a year, from getting vigorous exercise.  I’m not going to sugarcoat this; it was a sin for me to keep eating like I was eating (BEFORE the wreck) knowing I wasn’t burning off those calories.  If my wife runs 5 miles a day and her body needs 2500 calories a day to fuel her exercise regimen and her metabolism, then I shouldn’t resent her for eating more than I do because my body doesn’t react like hers.  Every BODY and lifestyle is different.

How do I know how much good food I need?  Here’s a hint. If I put on nearly 10 pounds over the last year, if my waistline increased by two inches, then yes, I’m not eating and exercising like I needed to be.  That’s the definition of gluttony.  It’s not how much you eat.  It’s consuming more fuel than your body demands.  When I start packing on the pounds, no matter what anyone else around me is eating or doing, then that’s a sign of gluttony.

I’m writing this for accountability.  I’m in the process of losing 17 pounds this summer.  I’m going to honor the body God has given me by getting back in some type of decent physical shape. I am not going to stop eating, I’ll still have a dessert with dinner once-in-a-while, but I’m going to set goals and head in the right direction.

You should as well. Every BODY is different.  I just know for my age and height and weight and frame, 215 and a 38” waistline is too much.  Speak with your doctor or an expert in diet and exercise.  Figure out what is best for the body God has given you and honor God with your body.

--Steve