I've mentioned before that, I wholeheartedly believe a healthy life doesn't go without the spiritual element. God designed it that way. He created our physical bodies and they are a gift to us. Taking care of these gifts (as any other) should be an extension of our worship to Him. But, even if we do believe this, sometimes our own minds get in the way. If this weren't true then we wouldn't be seeing Meme's all over our social media feed motivating us to workout and eat healthy, right!?! Are these messages encouraging us in the right ways? As my walk with the Lord has deepened I have often wondered if some of these messages were actually motivating me in the right perspective. This brings in a third element, healthy minds. I found that creating an atmosphere where Christ was glorified was more important than elevating ourselves to accomplish a goal. When we are motivating ourselves with messages that WE CAN DO IT, or WE ARE STRONG are we missing what GOD can do in us?
Monday I shared this verse from Psalm 37:4, I'm going to share it again because it applies here to.
" Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4
There have been a few times I have had a plan to compete again or set a new goal in my fitness journey that has changed midstream because my desires had changed. Here, is often the reason why. If I focus mainly on the "goal" first, I risk making that goal an idol, elevating it or myself above God. Filling my mind with truth is important in the process of creating a healthy life. It's really quite profound!
I'm certainly not saying that all the meme's are bad for motivation, what I am saying is that creating a healthy mind should be based on the truth! Again, we continuously have to be reminded of the truth keeping each other accountable because our minds are so easily corrupted by Satan's lies. Satan is the master of deception, always twisting and manipulating, targeting our weaknesses. A simple message intended to encourage and empower us can be used by Satan to lure us into discontent, contentiousness, selfish ambition, jealousy, and self-empowerment. I know, I've been there many times. I have surrounded myself in the fitness culture where the "do whatever it takes to reach your goal" mentality has left me unsettled. Friends, this is not truth! Truth, God's word says:
25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
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