I decided to do some early house cleaning. I headed for the closet shelves that housed my collection of diet and fitness books, videos, magazines, CD’s, and equipment. Two huge plastic tubs later I was thinking to my self, that is a whole lot of information you just boxed up to throw out. Yet I am still the same weight, ok plus a little more, than before. I am no healthier, no lighter and now weighed down by two huge tubs of heavy diet and exercise books that proved useless.
There might have been volumes and volumes of information in those tubs but I did not own the knowledge contained in them. All that knowledge was meaningless without revelation attached to it.
Knowledge isn’t understanding until you obey it, and come on, to be honest, I have not opened those diet books since I skimmed through them when I bought them. In fact, did I even read some of them at all? Nope. Did I watch the videos, do the exercises? In most cases I did not.
I can go to my tub right now and pull out numerous exercise cd’s that are still in their plastic wrap.
Most times, information without revelation produces frustration, sometimes enough frustration to make life miserable. Because, we know that even though we have a library full of information to guide us to a more healthy life, we simply don’t do it. We see the books on the shelf or in the storage tub and we jump right onto the guilty merry go round. I have been doing it my whole life.
Until recently I didn’t invite God into my food/diet/exercise world. A healthy living plan without God is just one more useless book setting on a shelf, it is unused information and a failed attempt to lose weight. Without a revelation from God about theinformation in those books, it is simply words printed on a page.
A revelation is when God’s word becomes your reality.
Ok, back to where I left off.
Food has consumed my life as long as I can remember. I have tried every diet imaginable, I have read books, magazines, watched CD’s and videos. I even had bariatric surgery. If information were translated into instant success I would be rail thin, incredibly fit and have a kitchen stocked with power foods. But I’m not and I don’t.
I think I have been reading the wrong book.
Where did I go so wrong as to let food rise to this level, the same level where God was? We as a society have watched as food has taken on a God like aura. God has given us food for nourishment and strength but we have added it to every celebration, attached it to every emotion and carry it with us as a weapon to be brought forth when something goes wrong, when something goes right or anytime we think we need a emotional boost. We use food to fill every last empty space within us.
I don’t think that God intended us to use food that way. Because we have become a nation of the obese, and obese is unhealthy. I can’t find one scripture where God encourages us to eat until our health is compromised.
The revelation that God wants me to see is that only He can fill that space. Try as I might to fill the empty void with food or anything but God and all I get is fat, guilty, unhappy and a nasty attitude.
I was created in God’s image. I was created to reflect Him, His love, patience, forgiveness, kindness, and faithfulness.
I was created to be healthy and to feel positive about myself. In the scriptures, we are told to eat, we need food to survive, Acts 27:34. In 1 Corinthians 6:19 and 20 it says our body is where we house God, our body is a temple.
Food is a gift God gave me to keep myself healthy and nourish my body, he never intended it to become the obsession it has. Yes I eat when I am hungry but if truth be told, I eat when I am not hungry a great deal of the time. I have forgotten what true hunger feels like and if the food is especially pleasing to me I forget or ignore what full feels like.
I usually don’t think that I will eat to give myself energy and nourishment to make it through the day. I think, I’m bored I will grab something to eat to have something to do. . I’m excited I will grab something to celebrate. I’m sad I will grab something to commiserate.I am mad I will grab something to indulge my self pity.
God wants me to fill that empty space with Him. I don’t dig out my diet books, CDs or magazines, I dig out the food. I should be digging out my Bible, I should be stuffing myself with things of God.
I say it again, a revelation is when God’s word becomes your reality. A revelation is when your first stop is your Bible to renew your mind. It isn’t your belly screaming at you to fill it because you haven’t taken in nourishment for days, hours or minutes as it were. A revelation isn’t a cinnamon roll or Twinkie. Listen to your soul asking for spiritual nourishment because you have not fed from His word or spent one on one time with God for days and days. A revelation is drinking in God’s word and living it. A revelation is when God’s word becomes your reality, it is a willingness to trust and to obey. Only God’s word mixed with faith will get you to revelation. That is the point where all the information you ingest will become meaningful and not just words printed on a page.
Living healthy and losing weight is more than losing weight. It is more than focusing on sculpting my body. It isn’t about adjusting my diet or obsessing over every last morsel that goes into my mouth. It is about adjusting my thoughts so that I want to change my health for the correct reasons. Only God’s word mixed with faith will get me to the revelation that I seek..
……and so I ride