You have to establish a strong enough reason for improving your health such that when times get tough, your Bigger Purpose will be a solid foundation that you can count on to hold you through and keep you going.
The following are reasons that probably will not hold you through tough times. Remember the following purposes are valid and important, but usually not strong enough to be your foundation.
– looking better, feeling better, losing weight, lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, etc
– better shape for family, reducing chance of sickness / disease, etc.
GOD IS THE REASON
To serve God with your body and to honor Him by taking better care of your body is the only purpose that will provide for you a 100% sure, strong foundation that absolutely can not be shaken. With God as your Bigger Purpose you will still go through tough times and challenges. The difference is that no matter what happens, He is bigger.
“Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19 – 20
1- REALIZE THAT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO HIM FIRST FOR WHAT YOU DO
OR DO NOT DO TO YOUR BODY. – eating, exercise, etc.
2- KNOW THAT HE ONLY WANTS WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU AND IF YOU CHOOSE TO HONOR HIM IN YOUR BODY, YOU CHOOSE TO WALK IN BLESSED HEALTH
3- CHOOSING TO HONOR HIM FIRST WILL CREATE AN UNSHAKEABLE FOUNDATION AND IT WILL CARRY YOU THROUGH ANY CIRCUMSTANCES AND BRING YOU TO A LEVEL OF HEALTH THAT WILL EXCEED ANYTHING YOU COULD DO ON YOUR OWN
“Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your body, and strength to your bones.” Proverbs 3:7-8
– To fear God means to properly recognize, respect, and honor Him.
– As you respect and honor God, it literally brings health to your body