When our bodies are in a state of imbalance, from poor dietary habits, lack of exercise, and/or lack of sleep we can immediately feel it. I do, I feel sickly, sluggish and sometimes depressed. I have gained at least 30 pounds since my surgery last March. I know eating right will increase my energy and my mood, so why would I resist such positive changes? Why do I grab that bottle of pop and bag of chips instead of those carrots sticks and water?
I have been struggling with my food choices, making the wrong decisions and the wrong choices lately. I have also been making excuses for not exercising properly or avoiding exercise altogether. I'd get motivated, then I wouldn't stick with my plan. I would feel angry, frustrated, annoyed or just feel sorry for myself.
However, in December, I made a commitment to finally get Baptized. I had completed membership classes and I was waiting for my knee to heal. That decision has been life changing, in ways I cannot easily describe. I felt like I was being obedient to God, but, was I truly being obedient? Had I been fooling myself? Being obedient to God is very important in your Christian walk. True Christian obedience flows from a heart of gratitude for the grace we have already received from the Lord.
In quiet prayer I heard God urge me to get Baptized: it was a simple act of obedience that changed my life. I was more willing and ready to obey Him than ever before. This sheer act of obedience gave me more energy, a better attitude, and a closer relationship to understand God's word. The Bible tells us God blesses and rewards obedience. James 1:22 says, ''Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says . . .''
How does this tie in with poor choices. Well, I know healthy habits are hard to develop, but on that day I no longer craved caffeinated pop, and many other things started to change as well. I knew it was necessary for me to make some sacrifices. I needed to address all areas of my life. You know, God really does care what you put into your mouth because the food choices you make can restore your health or destroy it.
I read, a healthy habit is any behaviour that benefits your physical, spiritual, mental, or emotional health. These habits improve your overall well-being and make you feel good. Exercising and eating a healthy diet makes you feel better, boosts your confidence and self esteem. The benefits of exercise include decreased stress, and improved cognitive functions, at any age.
Healthy habits help prevent certain health conditions, such as, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure. When you eat a balanced diet your body receives the fuel it needs. I find this easier now. I know regular exercise also improves muscle strength, and boosts endurance, plus it will help with oxygen and nutrients to my body so I can go about my activities with sheer joy and excitement.
Will it be easy, no. Jesus says, "But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice." Luke 11:28. Whatever happens I will do it for the glory of God. I have a responsibility to do everything I can to make wise choices and obey God's commands. The Bible, is after all God's manual about how to live a successful life on earth. I will make every moment count.