Maryville Moms welcomes Molly Kale to the 2012 Get Fit series. She is beautiful inside and out. Her passion for family and fitness flows into all she does. Read on for Molly’s take on fitness, as well as being a good steward to the vessel we’ve been given.
It’s not a delusion. It really is talking to me. Is it smiling and winking at me? That’s it. I tear off the wrapper of the coveted Fudge Round and inhale it without even chewing. After the final gulp, I looked down at my shirt to be sure I wasn’t missing any crumbs. Dang. They fell to the floor. Hrmmmm, it’s a 5-minute rule, right? 15 minutes later I find myself throwing a classic two-year-old fit in my kitchen because I can’t make another non-existent Fudge Round fall from the box. And there it is: The ugly face of selfishness and gluttony.
It’s horrifying the lengths that the enemy will go to in order to thwart our relationship with Christ and his plan. God put us on this earth to be a critical piece in his plan, and he did so by giving us this body – one body- and by giving us the responsibility of caring for it. When we invite Christ into our hearts, it deems our body a temple for him to dwell in and work through.
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” –1 Cor. 6:19-20.
We have a purpose here on earth; we have a mission to pursue, and it is given to us by God. If we don’t have a suitable vessel for carrying out the mission, who does that let down? God? Spouse? Children? Family? Friends? This list is endless. Your home exists to keep you protected. Your car is there to get you from point A to point B. Eventually those things won’t be able to effectively serve their purpose without proper maintenance like oil changes, filter replacements, roof repairs, and coats of paint. The same is true of our bodies.
Overindulging in food, laziness, and irresponsibility is a selfish endeavor that ends in poor health, time cut short, and unfulfilled purposes. The first step in caring for the body appropriately is seeing food for what it is: Fuel.
“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food–and God will destroy both one and the other.” –1 Cor. 6:13.
No matter what diet/plan/nutrition source one subscribes to, the first step is to acknowledge that food exists for living; we aren’t living for food. Eating healthy foods that are good for your body may not taste as fantabulous as that chocolate cake, but in the long run your kids will thank you for playing soccer with them because you don’t have Type 2 Diabetes or heart problems that won’t allow you to be active in their lives. In the very early chapters of Genesis (1:29-31), guidelines for food are outlined and they are not all that bad. One thing that is clear, Twinkies, Fudge Rounds, candy, burgers and fries are not mentioned!
Subscribing to a maintenance plan that one can enjoy ensures that your vessel can continue running smoothly. Exercising has become a word that can ensue excitement, frustration, or general malaise. So let’s call it something else; movement, walking, running, biking, swimming… whatever. Just move! Movement ensures that propelling God’s plan can happen consistently. It is one more added effort to fulfill your purpose as a parent, child, friend, co-worker, employee and most importantly, follower of Christ. Regardless of your season in life, movement is essential. Starting small and working towards goals builds strength. Start slow and small, and gradually move up. Overnight is just a term used at FedEx and UPS! Small victories in battle are how wars are won
1 Peter 4:1-2 says, ”Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God”.
If you read on in 1 Peter 4:7-10, we are clearly instructed to exercise self-control, serve one another, and be stewards of God’s grace. Would you ever think of looking at Christ and telling him, “Though you endured a horrific beating and unimaginable death so that I may be made spotless in God’s eyes for eternity, I’m just not willing to sacrifice my McRib and Apple Pie for you”? How can we execute our part of God’s plan if we don’t have a well-oiled vessel to do so? Your loved ones are a gift and they will be there longer than 5 seconds of something calorie-laden on the lips. Ask yourself, is it fair to take yourself away from them? We have been given a temple to house our soul and illuminate Christ’s love to all around us. We owe it to him to care for it to the best of our abilities so we can move forward his plan with unmatched fervor and passion.
Lastly, God’s plan includes you. Nothing can change until you decide to get over yourself and get into God. God is the ultimate partner. He even promises to help us up when we falter. ”…I have chosen you and not cast you off; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” –Isaiah 41:9-10.
It’s not always going to be easy, but God has promised us that he will see us through anything. If fear of failure paralyzes you from trying, then the enemy has won. We can defeat Satan everyday just by being active in God’s plan. Whatever your finish line looks like, God is hoping you will decide to cross it, and will be waiting to give you a high five and a hug!