|Posted on February 28, 2019 at 8:50 AM|
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Alright, Char, You say, “What’s the deal? Where is the best exercise or next weight loss secret? Hmmm?” To be honest with you, you can find the next best move for this and that, the best low calorie recipe, and the next weight loss gimmick anywhere on the ‘net. Don’t worry. You are welcome to jump around on the Diet Merry-go-Round, if you want. We do cycle around to those topics. Here is what you don’t get just anywhere: a framework to keep yourself grounded in your faith while you lose weight and improve your health. This framework gives us the best perspective on health, fitness and wellness. Faith in Christ gives us the power for a lifestyle change that will stick because Jesus IS the answer to everything, including your health, fitness, and wellness goals. Apart from Him, everything else is vanity, chasing after the wind (Ecclesiastes 1:14). The personal stewardship concept is a molding process we walk through because Jesus becomes the One who is in control (Isaiah 64:8 ).
Our relationship with Jesus Christ gives us purpose for our goals.
A popular diet company on the Internet states, “I lose weight for myself!” Although it is good to take care of yourself for yourself, it can easily become very self-centered. If losing weight causes you to gaze at yourself in the mirror for long periods of time, fish for compliments, neglect your family, or start putting people down for not being like you, then anchor your plans in Jesus Christ.
It is within this relationship with Jesus Christ that your focus begins to look outward more than inward. You begin to care about the people around you more than yourself. You want to please God. Certainly we can have our wants and interests, but those are either changed or fulfilled when we keep a healthy balance physically, mentally, relationally, and spiritually.
Our relationship with Jesus Christ gives us a healthy view of ourselves and others.
Rather than looking for our value to come from what other people say about us, our value comes from our Creator. Our status becomes Redeemed (1 Peter 1:18 ). Beloved (2 Corinthiahs 7:1). Child of God (John 1:11-13). As we come to understand the teachings of Jesus Christ, we learn to love other people around us more than before our relationship with Christ began. We want to help people which means we need to take care of ourselves to be able to help people better for a longer time. Our view of ourselves changes our view of others and gives us the purpose of serving God and others. Now we treat ourselves and others as valuable people worhty of love and care.
Our relationship with Jesus Christ gives us perspective in the grand scheme of daily life.
We don’t live life in a vacuum. We actually live in community day in and day out. As a result, many issues combined with opportunities flow in and out of our regular routine. Sometimes they disrupt our routine. Other times, they derail us totally. If we are not well-anchored in our relationship with Jesus we will only act upon what we want, think or feel. None of us has the grand scheme of everything at our disposal. God does. When we do what He wants, thinks or plans for us in our situation, then we can trust He has the best for everyone under His consideration. We can’t go it alone in the world and do well.
This point includes our weight loss or health goals. We don’t’ become territorial for “my spot” in the aerobics class. We invite someone to work out beside us because this person needs a friend in the class. We don’t pawn off a sick child to an overloaded childcare worker at the gym because we HAVE TO lose just 10 more pounds. We stay home with our sick child or arrange for a family member to help with this child. We don’t fat shame someone to make ourselves look better. We encourage that person toward his or her goals and celebrate successes with them. Being a follower of Jesus makes all the difference in every part of our lives.
My hope for you is that your journey to total health looks like you walking hand-in-hand with our Savior on a beautiful path filled with blessings beyond measure. The molding process we go through is a life-long process. Personal stewardship as a follower of Jesus Christ is well worth it.
By the way, yesterday was the last day of https://www.betotallyfitforlife.com/commityourheart-movement" target="_blank">#COMMITYOURHEART. Hopefully, you joined this movement for Christians, churches, homeschoolers, and Christian schools to start that healthy lifestyle. Please, feel free to share it with your church leaders.
If you are frustrated with your own journey and need a fresh start, contact me about https://www.betotallyfitforlife.com/healthy-lifestyles" target="_blank">Healthy Lifestyles online. Online https://www.betotallyfitforlife.com/exercise-classes" target="_blank">exercise classes will also begin soon. Watch for updates! I am willing to walk alongside you on your journey.
Many blessings to you!