May 27, 2011Read: Joshua 1
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." --Joshua 1:9
Chances are good that you've heard the expression, "Burn the boats!" They say Cortez was the first to make that announcement when he arrived in the new world. Upon reaching land, setting the ships ablaze sent a message to his men and his enemies that retreat never was an option -- that whatever the odds, a fight was coming.
Do you believe Christians should be the example of honesty in the workplace? Of course. Would you also agree that Christians should be best at showing love to neighbors? Without a doubt. So why are we so reluctant to take a stand on the subject of better health? Shouldn't Christians strive to be some of the most health conscious people on earth? Some might argue, "Well, Jimmy, the Lord looks at the heart." True, but doesn't that mean it's the effort that matters? And to be honest, not caring for the body that carries the soul just might be a heart issue after all.
So if this is an uncomfortable subject, mark it down. Because this will become an increasingly sensitive topic the bigger and bigger we get. But I believe it's the church's responsibility to lead the fight. A fight that we are losing. Where's Cortez when you need him?
TIME TO TESTIFY
If you've committed to living a healthier lifestyle, there's likely a strong motivating factor that goes beyond fitting into your clothes better. Do you want to look better for your spouse? Are you trying to make sure you're around to dance with your daughter at her wedding? Maybe you've had a friend or relative suffer complications from a weight-related disease and you're trying to now lead by example. Whatever the case, whatever your story -- it matters. You matter. As we pick up our crosses in our faith walks each day, we can also be healthy ambassadors for God's message of honoring our bodies. Why do you train? Why do you choose to eat well? Who are you doing it all for?
What's your fit testimony? Share yours in the comments section below and have a blessed weekend.
In Jesus' name, we train