When I was younger I could eat anything I wanted and never gain weight. I was proud of that. I even bragged about it. I was a skinny glutton! However, after turning 40 my eating habits caught up with me. I started gaining weight. By the time I was fifty I gained as much as 60 pounds over my 40-year old weight. I had developed some poor eating habits. In the last couple of years our son Daniel has helped his parents by teaching us about the effect of different foods on our bodies and about what time of day certain foods should be eaten, if ever. (I guess there comes a time when children start teaching their parents.) Ice cream and cake at night were out of the question.
I know you’ve heard this many times: diet and exercise improves overall physical health. If you’re like me I always resisted those words. I discovered that my resistance was just rebellion against a known truth! When I finally wised up I did something about my diet. Of course when my doctor wanted to put me on medication I decided it was time to do something. I began eating wisely and I started an easy workout plan which improved my overall health. Last year I lost 30 pounds and reduced my cholesterol 30 points without medication. The solution was found by:
- acknowledging my poor eating habits
- receiving instruction about the problem
- and taking steps to remedy the problem.
Our spiritual diet and exercise should parallel a healthy physical regimen. There may have been a time in our early Christian lives when we could get away with eating any kind of food we desired at any time day or night. Maybe there was a time when we could watch certain TV shows, news reports, or listen to certain music with seemingly no effect.
As we grow older in the Lord, God expects us to watch what we feed our minds and hearts a little more closely. We should not feast on the economic news about rising unemployment and rising gas prices without counteracting those comments with the word of God. Our spiritual diets cannot consist of the spiritual Twinkies of the world and expect to be in good spiritual shape. We need to have a steady diet of what the bible says about our own personal economy. When the world news forecasts bleak economic times, we should find and quote scriptures to counteract those words. We should quote scriptures like Philippians 4:19 that says, “But my God shall supply all your need…” Let’s say what the bible says.
What spiritual exercise should we perform? Saying the same thing the bible says is our exercise. That’s what we should do. Since the word says in Philippians 4:19 that our God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus we should feast on that scripture and say it to ourselves repeatedly. Why repeatedly? Because successful exercise requires repetition!