Trust the Lord completely, don’t ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Many of us, when asked why we are trying to lose weight will give different answers: to prevent sickness, to look great and the most general answer is to be healthy. However, are we really being totally honest with ourselves when we give these answers? The subconscious hard truth of the matter is that we would like to live and be beautiful for a very long time and losing weight and exercising is an avenue for which to facilitate this desire. It is very interesting when I read or hear reports about certain activities or foods that add years to one’s life. And then I hear about the jogger who had a heart attack while jogging or the vegetarian who died from cancer, or worse, the vegetarian who must eat meat because of an illness caused from being a vegetarian (no offense to vegetarians intended).
To put it gently, nothing we do individually will add a single extra day to our lives. Who of you by worrying can add a hour day to your life. (Matthew 6:27 NIV) Only God can extend our days. In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying, Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years. (Isaiah 38:1-5 KJV)
We are obligated to take care of our bodies for they are our temples gifted to us by God. As we go on these weight loss journeys and quests to live right and eat right, we must remember to put God first so that our efforts will not be in vain. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13 KJV)
I ask that You bless my desire to lose weight for the upkeep and maintenance of my temple because I know that through this maintenance and upkeep, there is a blessing of good health. Within this, Daddy, I pray that my efforts not be in vain and I ask that You bless my desire to live. I know that nothing I do will add to my lifespan, but Jesus said ask anything so I come to You now asking for both good health and longevity that I may continue to be a blessing to my family and loved ones. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you today to place God first in all that you do. It is not enough to pray for the energy and strength to exercise that you may lose the weight. Also pray for life that you may enjoy the benefits of your achievement.
Beverly Gordon is a graduate of Gonzaga School of Law (Spokane, WA) and currently works as an Executive Assistant and Director of Compliance. She is a devoted mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend who believes in the importance of teaching children the power of prayer. In her journey of loving and leaning on the Lord she meditates on Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” She resides in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with her beautiful daughter and is an active member of the Springfield United Methodist Church.