Today’s verse: Timothy 4:7-9 “Spend your time and energy in training yourself for spiritual fitness. Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important for it promises a reward in both this life and the next. This is true and everyone should accept it.”
Count calories. Exercise. Eat healthy food. Drink lots of water. Don’t smoke. Get plenty of sleep. Repeat. Day in, day out.
We all know this. We all know that we need to control our addictions to overeating, smoking, or whatever other unhealthy habit we indulge in. So why do we continue down this unhealthy path? Because it is easier to be a couch potato. It is certainly much tastier to eat junk food, not to mention more convenient.
And whose bladder can possibly hold so much water?
It is hard work to stay healthy. Nothing happens overnight. Day by day we build up our endurance, our muscle, and our strength. Day be day we see the results when we lose weight. lose inches, tone up. We must set goals and work hard to reach them, never giving up.
But the real reason to be healthy is quite simply your health. There are so many benefits to healthy living. We can lower our blood pressure, lower our cholesterol, decrease risk of so many diseases. We need to build strong bones, fight cancer, build immunity. All of this can be done with exercise and diet. Medications can be reduced or removed. But healthy living is not always the only thing we need. There is a crossroads of faith and health.
In addition to physical muscle, we must also build spiritual muscle. To be spiritually fit, we need spiritual nutrition. This includes daily prayer, bible study, attending church, communing with God in whatever manner works best for you. In order to resist temptations of today, we need this spiritual nutrition to build strong spiritual muscle.
We must walk the walk, not just talk the talk. We can’t be the “C & E” Christians who attend services twice a year. We need to be daily Christians. If we only went to the gym twice a year, what would our muscles look like? How much body strength would we have? The same is true for building spiritual muscle. The more we exercise it, the stronger it becomes. This is what we need to reap our reward in our eternal life. So be healthy and be faithful, and God will be good to you! Blessings upon you as you start this new week.Healthy Living Menu Idea:
Classic Hummus (makes 3 1/2 cups)
Hummus is so delicious on pita bread as a wholesome, low calorie lunch. Or use it as a dip for cut veggies. Put on noodles instead of a sauce. It is so versatile and so yummy!
In a 4 qt. saucepan place 1 cup dried chickpeas and 1 tsp. baking soda. Add enough cold water to cover by 2 in. Let stand at room temperature overnight. Drain (do not rinse) and return to pot along with enough cold water to cover again by 2 inches. Heat to boiling on high. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer one hour or until chickpeas are soft and skins have loosened. (*If you prefer substitute 2 cans of chickpeas -also known as garbanzo beans – save 1/2 cup of the liquid)
In food processor or blender pulse 2 cloves garlic, 6 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, and 3/4 tsp. each salt and ground cumin until chopped. Add 3/4 cup tahini and 1/3 cup water (or reserved liquid); pulse until smooth.
Drain chickpeas and add to mixture, process until smooth, stopping and stirring occasionally. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.