This is an excerpt from the book I am writing, Temple Sweepers: Motivation for a Healthy Body and Soul. I’d really like to know what you think about it and what your greatest physical or spiritual health challenge is. Is it choosing healthy food, finding quiet time, exercise, serving others, getting enough rest, dealing with stress or something totally different?__________________________________________________________________
No matter how old you are you can reverse some effects of a poor diet. My mom battled her weight for most of my life. She was tremendously overweight causing her knees to give out. She developed Type II diabetes, battled high blood pressure and high cholesterol. But, after she saw how changing my diet changed my life, she began asking questions. She would eat something at my house and say, “I could do that!” And she did. She began eating healthy fruits and vegetables. She learned which fats were good and which were bad. She lowered her sugar intake, got excited about new recipes and learned to read the label before she bought something packaged or canned. She knew if a word on a label was not a food or too long to pronounce, then it probably wasn’t good for her. She listened when I told her, “The whiter the bread, the quicker you’re dead.” She bought whole grains instead of those that had been stripped of all their nutrients.
Her effort has definitely paid dividends. She has lost over 100 pounds without feeling deprived, lowered her blood pressure and cholesterol levels and is maintaining excellent blood sugar levels. She won’t like me saying this, but it IS possible to teach an old dog new tricks! (I love you, mom!) I am so proud of her new attitude and most of all her fresh spirit. She enjoys life now and that has not always been the case. Her energy level runs wide open making it hard to keep up with her. No matter how young or how old you are it’s never too late to honor God with your body.
I believe drastic changes in my food choices caused dramatic changes in my overall physical and spiritual health. Most importantly, the way I view God’s love and protection has become so much sweeter. God pioneered preventative medicine because He didn’t want His children to suffer from disease. Seeing how He has empowered me and others to make these changes has increased my love for Him. That sweet love motivates me to persist so I can do what I was created to do – glorify Him! Good health choices are like good works. They should emerge from thankful hearts and an overwhelming desire to bring honor to God. When we merely choose to make healthy choices out of a sense of duty or to follow some list of rules, then we become just like the Pharisees. It’s when we empty ourselves enough to put Him first in every aspect of our lives that we begin to live abundantly!
Please don’t forget to let me know your greatest physical or spiritual health challenge. Thanks again for reading.