By Carol Round, Special to ASSIST News Service
CLAREMORE, OK (ANS – January 10, 2016) — “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well”—3 John 2 (NIV). A New Year has arrived and with it the usual resolutions to lose weight, get in shape and quit smoking. Some look for quick fixes through crash diets, new exercise crazes or so-called ‘magical’ pills while others seek a solution through surgery, bringing with it a host of possible complications and side effects.
Growing up in the 50s and 60s, I don’t recall seeing as many overweight people as is prevalent today. I also don’t remember seeing a fast-food restaurant on almost every corner. My mother was a stay-at-home mom who cooked healthy meals. When we did eat out, it was a treat. Today, eating out seems to be the norm as the choice of restaurants and fast-food places have grown as fast as our waistlines and hips.
Instead of setting ourselves up for failure by making resolutions each January, what if we turned to scripture for a permanent solution to our health problems? What if we chose to do the following?
1. Make wise choices concerning our health. Sometimes, it’s difficult to know what the wisest choices are when we get conflicting information via the media. We must educate ourselves through reliable sources, including those from reputable organizations. (See Proverbs 2:6) 2. Practice self-control. With an abundance of food choices in our country comes stress. How is that possible? Just walk down a supermarket aisle and check out the options available. It can be overwhelming. Too many choices can lead us to make hasty decisions. We don’t take time to study labels nor educate ourselves about the best food for our bodies. (See Proverbs 25:28) 3. Honor God with our bodies. How do we do this? By choosing wisely what we eat and drink and letting go of bad habits that lead to disease and early death. (See 1 Corinthians 6:19-20) 4. Ask for accountability. If you’re trying to make healthier choices, seek an accountability partner who will help you stay on track until your new lifestyle becomes a daily habit. (See 1 Thessalonians 5:11)
5. Rely on God’s power rather than our own strength. A new year brings resolve to do better for most of us, hence the word ‘resolution.’ However, we usually set out to accomplish them in our own power. That’s why most people fail. (See Philippians 4:13) 6. Choose to exercise our bodies. Say the word ‘exercise’ and most people run in the opposite direction. Why is that? Do we equate it with hard work? Is it because we don’t want to make the time, instead preferring to vegetate in front of the TV? Exercise should be fun. Fun? Choose something that interests you and will keep you motivated. (See Romans 12:1) 7. Quit making excuses. Just do it! (Luke 14:17-18)
Start your New Year right. Commit all of your goals and plans to the Lord. Ask for His direction and guidance for the coming year. Make the most of 2016.
Photo captions: 1) Illustration from BibleGodQuotes.com. 2) Carol Round.
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