Over the past year, I have taken a keen interest in learning about nutrition and exercise. Understanding more about the foods that my body needs as well as the importance of working out led me to enroll in classes to develop my knowledge. With each new assignment and test, I applied what I was learning to my everyday life, and noticed results within an instant. I started to take my health more seriously, and truly developed a passion for this.
Overcoming The Flesh
As easy as it may sound, working out and eating healthy was truly a tough process. You see, I love eating certain foods and lounging around so much that when I decided to change, my flesh (of course) wanted to do the opposite. Every second of the day became a battle because one part of me desired to live this healthy lifestyle, but another was content with eating pizza and brownies.
With each day, I found myself getting stronger and able to resist the flesh more and more. Throughout this process, I would constantly remind myself of certain scriptures. One in particular, Matthew 26:41, says, “…..Keep watching and praying that you do not enter into temptation, the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” This scripture helped me to understand that my cravings were due to my weak flesh. It also gave me hope that I could overcome my flesh.
Your Body is God’s Temple
I began to think of all God called me to do, and started to realize that in order for me to fulfill this calling, I needed to make sure I was first taking care of the temple he gave me. So too must you do the same. It is important to understand that what we put into our bodies affects us either positively or negatively. By ignoring our body’s needs, constantly eating unhealthy foods, we deprive ourselves of the vital nutients we need to live.
It is crucial to take the time to care for oneself. We only have one life to live, so let’s live it to the fullest. Remember, it all starts with how we care for our bodies. What you put in your body (nutrition) is as important as what you do with your body (exercise).
If you find yourself struggling with getting started, take it one step at a time. Don’t forget to consult your physician before starting any nutrition or exercise program. Refer to available resources to help answer any questions you may have along the way, and know that He will always provide you with the wisdom to stay on track.
With God, all things are POSSIBLE!