|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Take care of your body”
Our Bible verse for today: “If you find honey, eat only what you need; otherwise, you’ll get sick from it and vomit.” Proverbs 25:16 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Overeating makes us sick”
I have a friend who often has a tagline on his text messages which reads, “Sent with gentle effect”. The reason that tagline is helpful is because one of the limitations of written forms of communication is that the reader can’t hear voice inflection or read body language. All you have are the cold hard words. Therefore sometimes what is being said can come across as, well, it can come across as cold and hard, even if it wasn’t intended that way.
So let me state upfront that this devotional message is sent with gentle effect. I know that being overweight is a sensitive issue for many people and that comments about it can often come across as insensitive and hurtful. But with that said, overeating (and all of the associated weight and health issues that come with overeating), is the biggest health crisis in our society today. Being overweight has become the norm rather than the exception, and it is literally killing us. So when it comes to the subject of taking care of your body, the issue of overeating has to be addressed.
Like Solomon observed in Proverbs 25:16, overeating makes us sick. Even if it doesn’t actually cause you to vomit, overeating is the cause of multiple other problems that degrade our health, limit our abilities, and shorten our lives. Excessive and habitual overeating also limits what we can do for God. Here are a few examples of how diet-related health issues can limit what you can do for God:
* Excessive weight can limit your endurance. Now you have trouble with physical
labor, such as work days at church.
* Fat is an insulator which causes you to overheat. Now you are limited regarding
how much you can do when it gets hot outside.
* Early disability could result in decreased income. Now you can give less.
* Type 2 diabetes can lead to blindness. Now you can no longer read your Bible.
Those are just a few examples, but I’m sure you get the point. And again, please don’t read this as being critical or unkind. It is simply an observation of fact. In order to fix a problem we must first identify what the problem is and why it needs to be corrected.
Overeating is such a big part of the health crisis in America today that it will require additional messages in this devotional series. Tomorrow we will consider some steps we can take to combat it.