I am reading a 50 Day Devotional by Kara Davis, MD called Spiritual Secrets to Weight Loss. I have been trying to do this type of study on my own for years, so when I found this book at the library I grabbed it. Basically, she runs through healthy eating, BMI's, exercise, and covenants in the first chapter and then has a scripture and prayer for every day. There goes MY dream of writing a book like this, but I have thoroughly enjoyed every day's reading. It would be great material for a weight loss class at church or as a bible study for dieters. It's like an amped up Weight Watchers. She hit every nail on the head in just the first chapter.
... we will focus on health rather than personal goals so that it will help to keep our motives pure. Our personal goals are usually just that - personal. Let's be honest; they are often based on such things as a desired clothing size, attractiveness to the opposite sex, and wanting to avoid embarrassment at high school reunions... But God is never glorified through
self-centeredness. So we ought to set a goal to honor Him through living in a manner that reflects His attributes of discipline, self-control, temperance, prudence, and sobriety.
Along with emotions, we also have a flesh nature. It is the flesh nature that drives us to indulgence, excess, and gluttony. Food advertisers target out flesh nature through catchy slogans. Certainly you should "have it your way" and "obey your thirst," because the bottom line is you really "can't stop eating 'em." And the flesh, once satisfied, will always respond with a contented, "I'm lovin' it.
HEALTH FACT OF THE DAY
The prevalence of obesity and being overweight is higher for Christians than for any other religious group. Atheists even weigh less than born-again believers.
What do you think? Are you surprised? Disgusted? Convicted to be different?
I have a theory on why we are overweight.
Christian = Church = Potlucks = Fellowship = Company = Homemade Ice Cream = 12 Milky Way Bars drenched in Sweetened Condensed Milk
I am praying about beginning a Weight Loss Journey on this blog in the fall since I have a few readers to be accountable to. Who's with me?