Julie Lefebure is a simple gal who finds joy in un-rushed mornings, dining on colorful Fiesta dinnerware, and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. She writes about living a real and authentic life on two blogs, Loving God Loving Others, and Live Laugh Linger. Each blog has a different perspective, but both offer hope, encouragement, joy, and acceptance because we each could use a good dose of these in our daily lives.
A Healthier You
I had set some new “becoming healthy” goals of exercising and eating healthy. It was a recipe for success.
Or so I thought. Within six months, I took my 5′ 9″ body from a size 10 to a size 4. My body fat percentage dropped dramatically. Becoming healthy consumed me, and became an unhealthy addiction.
My “recipe for success” developed into method for destruction. But God, in His grace, awakened me to the harm I was doing to the body He created. He lovingly redirected my focus back to Him during those scary days twelve years ago.
Here we are, days into 2015. Many of us have the desire to make it a healthier year. Quite possibly we’ve set this goal before, and we didn’t do so well. Either we did too much and went too far, or we didn’t do enough to see any results.
When we fix our eyes on what magazines glamorize as healthy, it’s no wonder we get confused and discouraged. We see photo-shopped wrinkle- and cellulite-free bodies with perfect thighs, flat stomachs, and muscular arms. Quick fixes and “lose-weight-in-just-two-weeks” diets saturate our world. Is this what’s healthy??
Romans 12:1-2 says, “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
And a favorite of mine, Proverbs 31:30: “Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.”
Let’s look differently at becoming healthier this year.
1. Find Your Why
You want to be healthier? Why? To be skinny? To fit into a certain dress? To have more energy?
1 Timothy 4:8 says, “Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever.”
Living a disciplined, godly life, and giving our entire selves to Him, is a true picture of health, and helps form our why. This encompasses our bodies, our minds, and our emotions.
2. Ask God for Plan That Glorifies Him
When we seek God in our plan, it’s no longer just ours. God is involved. It’s kind of like moving from the driver’s seat over to the passenger seat. When we seek to glorify God with our health, our perspective begins to align with His. Could it be more rest? More time in His Word? It may have nothing to do with a “diet,” but everything to do with what He wants for you.
Sometimes the hardest action is to begin putting one foot in front of the other in walking the plan out. Take the first step. Celebrate each success along the way. Keep Jesus as your focus, not the scale, or anything else.
May God bless you, guide you, and equip you, as you seek Him in your desire to be healthier in 2015. I’m cheering you on and praying for you!
Now it’s your turn: Do you have any health related goals for the new year?
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