Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The first commandment is to "love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength" (Mark 12:28-34). It is to look to God first, to desire him most, to seek him with passion, to learn from him with eagerness, to serve him with humility. As this priority comes to characterize our lives more and more, other things also fall into place--things like healthy living.
It seems to me that, when we focus first on diet and exercise, we're bound to fail in one way or other because we've put the effect before the cause. Even if an atheist succeeds at eating the right things, rejecting the wrong things, and exercising regularly, he has still failed in the end because, by ignoring God, he has put the created thing before the Creator and this is the heart of idolatry.
All to say, my main goal this day is to learn to love my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength. And in doing so, I pray that he'll give me the desire, courage, and discipline to steward this body he's given me well.