Godly Motivation for a Healthy Life | Ashley Varner
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Godly Motivation for a Healthy Life

One of the most thought-provoking books I’ve read in a while is: Every Body Matters by Gary Thomas.
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In it, the author shares concern for the health of Christian people.  We have been fooled into thinking that our bodies don’t matter.  That as long as we’re reading our Bibles and not committing those big sins that the enemy can’t get the upper hand when it comes to our lives here on earth.
I know from personal experience that the condition of your body will greatly affect the condition of your heart.  Things like low self-esteem, thinking about losing weight all the time, feeling uncomfortable speaking with others, not to mention physical limitations, all these things affect the way you live your Christian life.

Some Examples

When I am not diligent in exercise and eating healthy foods:
  • I am moody and impatient.  My children get a lesser mom when I don’t take the time to take care of myself.  My husband gets a cranky wife when I don’t feel good about the way my body looks.
  • I may allow my insecurities about my body to stop me from talking to people about the Lord and sharing God’s love with others.  I used to be so self-conscious about my weight that when I couldn’t find something to wear that fit, I would feel horrible throughout the church service and not get anything from the Word that was spoken, much less be able to minister to other people.
  • My testimony suffers. When I sing “God is all I need” but then I run to the Oreo box during a hard day, my integrity and testimony suffers.
  • My example to others does not show Christ.  When I tell my children that they need to get their vegetables, but the next day when I’m in a rush, I run to the Drive Thru in McDonalds, they are learning that I only feed them healthy foods if the time is right and it’s convenient.
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God cares about our health.  Gary Thomas shares that when we allow our physical bodies to become unhealthy, we are risking years of additional service to God.  Ouch.  I don’t want my daily decisions of choosing cookies over apples and choosing TV over a walk to effect the amount of people I may be able to reach in the future.  Or to effect the way my boys see what a healthy life lived for Christ truly looks like.
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Healthy Doesn’t Mean Skinny

Notice that I didn’t say God cares about how thin you are.  He cares about your health, your ability to do the things He has called you to do.  Even increasing your exercise to walking 15 minutes a day can greatly increase your health. Start small.  Start where you are and God will bless your efforts.
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So what’s your motivation to stay healthy? When you begin to align your motivation with God’s motivation for a healthy body, your motivation will last longer than a few days or a few weeks.
I’ve created a 90 day program called Faith Food Freedom. There are videos and work pages to walk you through the process of bringing your faith and health together.  This is especially helpful for those who have struggled with emotional eating and those are done with diets.  To find out more, click HERE.

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