Monday, April 23, 2012

Health and Beauty

Hello Beautiful

Several months ago my friends and I were playing Frisbee, taking pictures, and having a great Sunday afternoon.  When I saw the photos, I was shocked to see myself.  I looked big.  A disheartening moment, I ventured onto a scale and realized that gravity had increased by 20 lbs. I became very self-aware of the adverse affects my daily habits were having on my health.  I also noticed it take a toll on my self-esteem, energy, and outlook on life.

One of my goals at the beginning of the year was to trim back down.  It has been many years since I was 20, I should stop treating my body as such.  I can no longer eat hot dogs weekly or pound down a Hardee’s Thickburger without consequences.  Since January I have cut out most overly processed foods and began to work out a little.  Nothing crazy.  I hate doing health stuff.  But its an investment in my life.  As intellectuals we focus so much on developing mentally and socially that our society has forgotten to mature physically. 

Our bodies are finely tuned machines.  The Bible says to treat the body as a temple.  As such it deserves not only respect, but maintenance.  How can your God purpose be fully realized if you are not doing your part to be physically well?  We cannot help our neighbors move into a new homes if we cannot walk without wheezing.  We cannot counsel our friends about self-respect if we do not respect our own bodies.  And how can we see restored relationships in our families if we feel too sluggish to put in the work. 

Personally I have not only lost weight, but I also feel more alive and active.  I have more energy to invest in my friends, family, and church.  I can think more clearly, advise more wisely, and create more beautifully.

Our Creator wants to see us live “life more abundantly.”  That means not just barely surviving, but thriving.  We all understand there are extreme medical circumstances and there is great healing for those cases.  But we need to stop hiding behind the excuses of bad genes, medical diagnosis, and blinded outlooks on beauty.  When you rise past the excuses and dare to seek and live a full life, you are beautiful.

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