Can poor-er health wear us out and keep us from the purposes God create for us to move in?
I’m up very early, reading about health and fitness. Been pondering my ill experiences as an overweight person – vs when I’ve been fitter and leaner. People, in general, are nowhere near as kind, outgoing and just plain cordial with you when you’re fat. You may not get a job you’re after, not to mention a date, and many people simply don’t take you seriously. I don’t think it impacts me terribly, but it’s a noticeable difference. Just smiling, when you’re fit, more people smile back.
Now, some may say, Well, that’s just your poor, fat attitude and confidence level, or lack there of, speaking. Haha But I’m very outgoing and personable with most people I encounter. I smile and laugh most days. I won’t give examples, but it’s been ridiculous these last couple years. And maybe it’s more to do with the political-social schisms in our nation than otherwise, who’s to say. I have read plenty of other bloggers and articles on fitness/health pages who’ve said as much, and I decided to opine also.
I’ve been on both sides of the fitness fence, so I have seen both. I really believe that there are two or three major stigmas in society that don’t get much attention or scrutiny. Everyone knows irs not right to treat others differently based in appearances, but its as common as anything. If you’re overweight or obese, if you have mental illness, or physical handicap you will be often treated poorly, unfairly, or as if you’re nothing and not worth giving your time or consideration. I don’t mean to leave out the homeless, they also get a bad rap. And for what? Falling on hard times, falling through the cracks. It could happen and does happen to all kinds of people, rich and poor, great and small. On the other hand, doing nothing but losing weight, it seems many people will engage you more favorably. I know that’s true.
I do my own grocery shopping, usually a couple times of week, in order to buy more fresh vegetables and fruits, and sometimes meats (I don’t mind frozen), and not have things expire or go to waste. It works for me and it’s something, among my weekly routine, I look forward to. I have a list, and know what I can make for the week. I try to keep the right foods on hands, so I’ll keep my hands off the poorer food choices. I follow an ‘out of sight – out of mind’ philosophy, and I don’t stock up on junk food.
So I’d say, I’m about halfway there. There – being aware of my nutrition and general calories. But I’m really getting away from what prompted me to write this…
You have heard it said, Life is a battlefield.
Love…too, can be. The dating scene, for instance.
We have to practice love to learn and know it. We have to eat right, and it takes learning and practice – and exercise – to experience physical and mental wellbeing. The two, eating and exercise, play a major role our life: in our energy, attitude, personal view, others view of us, interactions with others. How many times a wwek do we have meals with our friends, colleagues or family?
And look when you’re shopping for food. When I began to really put more thought into what I eat, and passing by the poorer choices, I realized that the store has much more poor food than healthy. You can take as semi example, all the fruit and veggies and meats and dairy are at the edges of the store. The rest is nearly entirely processed food, sugar, salt, saturated fat, and so on. All you really need is what’s in the margins of the store, but most people buy the bulk of their food from those aisles within.
I forget where I was going with this post. Haha So Im just going to throw out an unrelated thought whether it ties in or not.
I was thinking about a battlefield. A war consists of many large battles, among many different places. Today is just a little skirmish ordinarily. But many days skirmishes may lead to a bigger victory overall, and taking you someplace much further than before. There’s a strategic hierarchy to gain victory over a whole war. Little by little, you gain ground. To take ground, you have to Take It. You can’t just decide or agree you’ll take it, you have to have trained to take it, and do the work of taking it.
Do you know how to win, if you’re the enemy without scruples? Injury. Not death. For every man you injure, someone has to cart that man off the field and care for him. And it seems to me that in today’s world, we dont even have to be physically fighting to be in the bigger more meaningful battle for hearts and minds. And the losers are being injured by the millions, perhaps billions.
Get children and families and working single men and women to eat poorly and not exercise. Get them to binge watch tv and movies, and play endless games. Turn their heads from good knowledge and wisdom, to sexual perversion, gambling, debt, meaningless and endless gaining of material and product, and you’ll have actually injured their health, their bodies, their minds and perception, even their very senses.
I think that’s the society we live in, and where a lot of our battles take place, in the ordinary decisions of our daily lives.
Yes, the Bible instructs us that our war is not with flesh and blood – but with prices and principalities in high places.
Ephesians 6:12 (NIV) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
And as I dwell on that, I end up concluding that there’s an obvious obscuring of right living, which is then causing man to make up new ways of living, which are usually wrong, sinful and and poor choices.
Now it occurs to me that getting fit and healthy has some part in how I feel and behave. It has some part, in human nature, to how we may be more acceptable to others we approach too. It has part in the overall picture of Godliness in how I may set a proper example – in everything I do.
I wonder what spiritual benefit getting back in physical shape may have. And I’m rather looking forward to understanding it.
But for me, there’s always been a struggle to keep up with eating well and exercise proportionally. I may eat really healthy but without much exercise, I just gain. I may say it’s genetics, aa if it’s negative. But I also know that once I start moving more, call it exercise or work or just abundantly living, I quickly lose weight too. So, shall I conclude that I was made to work and move and sweat more than I tend to? Yeah, probably! And I should attend to it, meaningfully and with purpose.
Could health and fitness be of a spiritual pursuit? I don’t see why not. I’m trying to find the motivation to use the gym membership again which I already pay for monthly. Haha I had thought some absense from the gym might rack up to a number which would either cause me to cancel it or finally get back to it. I seem to shrug off both.
One thing that has helped me a little is having stopped eating pork, shrimp, and some other things. I was studying hard the unclean foods listed in Deuterinomy and Leviticus. Why are they unclean? And I came to the conclusion that I would give it more serious study and thought. And with that thought, I would also begin to practice it. Knowing that practicing something really helps me know it better. If after a while, it wasn’t understandable, I could always delight again in seafood and pork bbq, which I do like, it’s tasty. But what if I’ve been wrong all these years? I’d like to know!
But the point I want to make here in that is, I’ve had to approach food with more consideration. And I’m more thoughtful about food overall. If my body is a temple, a the bible says, I should treat it respectfully. I should not put in it what won’t benefit it. There are some very nasty things about pork and seafood, besides fish, that were quite unsettling to read. I think in God’s assessing clean and unclean, he’s saying to us, these I’ve made for food, vs these I’ve not intended for food so they shouldn’t be eaten. Science of our day is just catching up to what God told people thousands of years ago. It’s tough to hear, but maybe we shouldn’t have gone so astray in our eating that we have a dozen aisles of junk food in our grocery stores, one just devoted to carbonated syrup water and greasy chips.
Any way, thinking about battles. And skirmishes. Lot of people have poor health, they’re injured and out of the fighting a lot of the time. And they may spend a lot of time dealing instead with the consequences of their choices, in young age, middle age and old, rather than taking hold of and practicing better, being fit – to stand up straight, to lead, to love and help others for the glory of God.
Perhaps I need to think about and oray about the smaller choices I make each day, even fitness, seeing if there’s anything keeping me from better things, holy things, and just good ol simple things and pleasures.