Diet is a word packed with a lot of meaning for many people. Many of us have struggled at some point in our lives with body image and dieting. I am currently approaching a 40 pound weight loss, as I began an exercise and healthy eating plan in April. That journey has taught me a lot.
A little history about me. I was always the skinny, athletic girl growing up. I never had to watch what I ate until after I had kids. Not that I always ate healthy--I just did not have to. After having two children and not making a concerted effort to lose the weight, I had crept up about 50 pounds from my college years of playing volleyball.
This was difficult on my self image and more devastating to me spiritually. Food had become a stronghold for me, something Satan was using to defeat me in many ways. I am not saying that you have to be at a certain weight, but I was being unhealthy physically and using food in an unhealthy way emotionally. This past April the Lord gave me the strength to overcome that stronghold--to Him ALL the glory for my victory.
As I continue to exercise and eat healthy, I see my body as a vessel not my own that I am called to bring into submission to honor Him. As I daily assess what goes into my body, I have become more and more aware of what other "influences" I allow into my life. Just as we have to be careful of the quality and healthiness of our food intake, we must discern the quality and healthiness of our intake concerning what we read, watch on TV, etc. Our "spiritual diet" is just as important as our diet of food.
So today, I challenge you to assess your diet. That may be what you are eating or what you are watching on TV. Is what you are putting into your vessel going to bring honor to the Lord and allow you to serve Him better?
God's richest blessings to you today!