Tuesday, June 21, 2011

For His Glory

(Isaiah 43:1-7)

As I begin this journey in taking better care of myself, Howard continually asks me what my goal is. More than once I have taken offense and thought he was being un-supportive. As I was running yesterday (yes, I followed through AND yes "I was running" are words I never imagined I would string together.) I had some time to really contemplate things and examine my heart (you know, as I was quite sure it would give out any moment).

As I ran and my legs began to ache I thought, why AM I doing this? What difference does it really make if I exercise or not? What difference does it make if I eat Oreos or apples? Does God even care?

As those thoughts raced through my mind, I plodded along and I feel like I was able to focus and really complete a thought (not always easy with 3 sweeties always around). I asked myself again, why I was doing this and I realized that if it isn't for His glory...it really is all for not. If I am running and eating better to be skinny, more attractive, admired, or to fit in my smaller jeans, it really is all for nothing.

Really, in anything we do, if it isn't for HIS glory, what is the point? The Bible tells us that God created us for His glory. If this is God's goal, then shouldn't all we do be aligning our lives with that goal? When I get frustrated or sad and I fill myself with cake instead of with God, is that bringing Him glory? Of course not.

I am sure it is no coincidence that yesterday in my reading I came across this gem:

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. —1 Corinthians 10:31

WHATEVER we do should be done for the glory of God. This passage even says, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do...this confirmed for me that even in my diet I should be eating to fuel my body not medicate it.

All man's efforts are for his mouth, yet his appetite is never satisfied. Ecclesiastes 6:7

We can stuff ourselves until we can eat no more and yet we will never be satisfied. Satisfaction only comes from God. When am I going to get it?

This battle is not about looking a certain way or even feeling a certain way. It is about yearning to feast on the "Bread of Life" and not empty calories. It isn't really about whether we eat apples or Oreos. Oreos can be a gift from God. It is about filling ourselves first with Him and craving that above all else.

As I ran last night and felt my lungs burn, chest pound, sweat pour and body ache, I wanted to quit. Surely something so painful could not be good. Yet my mind was brought back to the one who's body truly was broken for us. He endured more than I can imagine and because God created us for His Glory and because his plans for us are good...beauty does come from the broken.

I can't say that after day one, I enjoyed running and I admit I am relieved that as part of the plan, I don't have to do it today, but I am looking forward to my time on the road tomorrow, more time for solitude and prayer, my body is a vessel to be used for His glory and if it needs to be broken and endure pain to fulfill his purpose, so be it.

A man's spirit can sustain his broken body, but when spirit dies, what hope is left?" Proverbs 18:14

"Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to Me and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare." Isaiah 55:2

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

These shall be new additions to my index card Bible verses all over my home as a reminder...it is not about me...it is all about bringing honor and glory to Him. I also want to thank the many of you who have shared your experience and advice with me. I am honored to share in this journey with you!


Anonymous said...

COngratulations on making that first step! That one is the hardest...I am not saying that it gets easier quickly, but it does get easier. The transformation begins in your mind and physically and in your heart -- and boy, you will feel so much better mentally, emotionally, and physically. I know this becuase I have been in the same place - I am now at week 7 and am starting to feel really good:) Good Luck!!

Geri Kelly said...

Have you looked at Made to Crave- It is awesome and has helped me lose over 10 pounds (and counting)

Rachel said...

How is the running going? I had been running for quite a few weeks before I saw this program on your site, but I decided to start on week 3 of the program last week because I was bored with just plain running. I've done two days of week 4 this week and am hoping to do another two days. Its seems I can never do it until after 9pm when the kids are in bed! I guess I could get up early in the mornings, but I prefer to sleep! Hope its going well for you. Good luck. I'd love to run a 5k in October just to say I did it.