Tuesday, December 10, 2013
My devotional today related to our attitudes in life. I for one can have attitudes like a bulldozer. When I know (or so think) that I am right about something, it’s hard pressed for anyone to change my attitude. “I am women, hear me ROAR!”
Today’s devotional related back to understanding Thanksgiving day - and in true context we are meaning the DINNER portion. There are some who feel this is a day to be “excused” or rather a “day off” in sense. As in previous seasons of life, no matter the plan when it came to the “feast of Thanksgiving” all bets are off. This is the day that is not counted when watching what we eat or consume and there lies “a day off”. But in reality is it really to be a day off? Maybe not if you put it into prospective like this. Are there days you take off from brushing your teeth? Do you get days off to sin. Well then, if becoming healthy, getting in shape and attaining a healthy body weight is one we are seeking, this needs to become a lifestyle and you don’t take days off in life.
I think to look at this journey as a lifetime commitment, an actual lifestyle this sums it up beautifully. Who are we “humans” to call the shots in life? To say that on Thanksgiving Day (or any other special or holiday) we are excused to eat whatever we want with no holds bar in the amount or nutritional value is right. Actually in fact to do so is a sin. Yep that’s right it’s a sin as stated in Bible, it’s called “gluttony”, which is a sinful nature.
If when we sit down to the huge meal, like Thanksgiving dinner, or any meal for that matter, and though of all those who go hungry night after night, just maybe we’d become a little more self conscious of this “sin of gluttony”. I lead a health program and every year before Thanksgiving I leave my members with this thought. I tell them when they sit down to dinner with their plate of food in front of them to make a fist with their hand. I ask them to take a good look at that fist then look at the food they have placed on their plate. Then look back at their fist and remember - this is the size of their stomach, can all that food really fit into that fist! Many members have come back after the holiday and said “WOW that was such a powerful image of the fist that it helped in prioritizing the food consumed.”
Hopefully those here on SP who read this do not consider SP to be A DIET PROGRAM!!!! Think of SP as a way of life, a lifestyle change, a way in which we learn every day, moment by moment that food should not be in control and to take food out of the equation. We have in the past run to food for comfort, and how’s that been working for you, as Dr. Phil says. The food we consume is only temporary, sort of like worldly material things. We need to get perspective on what’s real and consistent in our lives and focus more on these than temporally things like food!.
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