I was in Burger King a few weeks ago, and noticed something that saddened me: the calorie total had been added to the menu. I made the best of it though when I received a puzzled look after ordering the “1520.” It didn’t fill me up though. I should have ordered the “2240.” While the calorie number didn’t deter me from ordering the double whopper with cheese, it got me thinking about over consumption.
“The Biggest Loser” is a popular show where obese people compete to see who can lose the most weight. They get abused for months by Bob and Jillian, and for this privilege, they lose hundreds of pounds. At the Biggest Loser ranch, they are taught more than exercise, they are taught proper nutrition and diet. They are taught that excellent health is a lifestyle, that they can’t go home and do what they had before and expect to keep the weight off.
I’ve noticed something though, not everyone keeps the weight off. It’s sad to see former contestants come back at their previous weight. What happened? They quit. For whatever reason, it became more than they could handle. They didn’t have a trainer in their ear pushing them to do what was necessary, and eventually it was more than they could bear.
Personally, I do not have a weight issue, but I do have a media consumption issue. I think the seven deadly sins could be amended to have a subcategory called “media gluttony.” When I should be reading the Bible, praying, writing, or whatever other task God has given me, I instead open up facebook, flick the TV on, and pick up the latest novel.
I am follower of Jesus, and He teaches me to be like Him. And it’s easy to be like Him at church, in the controlled environment where there are scores of people making everything just right. The worship is there, the teaching of the Bible is there, the family of God is there. It’s easy. But then I go home.
That’s why I love my Jesus; my “Biggest Loser” Jesus. He doesn’t leave me alone to fight this battle. My “Biggest Loser” Jesus sent a teacher, a motivator, an encourager in the Holy Spirit, and He promised He would never leave or forsake me. They give me the strength I need to continue my spiritual journey. They remind me what’s healthy for my spirit, and what things need to be cut out, and give me the grace to do it.
So, I encourage you today, pray, and let Jesus tell you what things you consume in excess, that could be cut back or eliminated entirely to make your spiritual diet that much better.
What are some tips you have for keeping up your spiritual health?