Good things gone bad?

Posted on March 23, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

      Some beneficial things taken out of balance can become harmful things. Exercise to an over-extreme in order to have a supreme physique is not healthy nor should be the focus of our life.  I have known a few people who were overly obsessed with looks and therefore overly obsessed with working out. Running in the morning, swimming in the afternoon and working out at the gym in the evening should not all be done in one day. Exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle (I worked out to Zumba this morningJ) but taking it to an extreme is harmful to the body, stresses the wrong importance on life and puts the wrong curve on a person’s self-esteem with achievement as a standard of success. 
      Another thing we can take to the extreme is eating.  Some of the main eating disorders are: Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating, Compulsive Eating, Bulimia Nervosa and Orthorexia. Eating is a good thing, but when it’s used as a vice to feel comfort and control of a situation or over others, an imprisonment of food and weight takes over one’s whole self. Eating disorders affect one’s entire self: emotionally, spiritually, and physically. We may wonder why “God put all the calories in the good food.” (a refrigerator magnet quote)  Well, if He did not we could just eat and eat and eat without having to worry about the results. We would become too focused on the tastiness of .  We would become too focused on the tastiness of eating and too self-centered on filling ourselves.  The focus of our life should be our relationship with God instead of the tastiness of chocolate cream cake with gooey chocolate icing.  Although it’s alright to a have a slice of chocolate cake, it is not alright to turn to chocolate cake when disappointments occur and a lack of control can be demonstrated.  Food is the wrong approach to dealing with desires and difficulties.  We must look to God to heal our past pains, comfort our sorrowful situations, and satisfy our desires.  We should thirst for God, be satisfied in God, and trust in God.  I absolutely love the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 63:1-8.  We can’t control life’s turns, but we can control our actions.  Food should be enjoyed, but should not take away from the absolute pleasure of spending time with God. 

 

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