People often watch or participate in sporting events. At times, the players can be so determined to win that losing is a painful experience which brings tears to their eyes. Even if we are not active participants, we can still be very competitive about our favorite teams. More than one friendship has ended because of an argument about who is the best basketball player or football player. Likewise, many parents set horrible examples for their children by becoming belligerent with referees or other parents during a child's game.
Sporting events are not the only areas where we compete against each other. We do it at work by comparing ourselves and our salaries to a colleague's. We do it at church by comparing our spiritual gifts and the number of lives we impact with a fellow church member's gifts and impact. Moreover, we compete with others in terms of our physical appearance. Women are especially adept at making a head-to-toe comparison of another woman in contrast to themselves, especially when we go to the gym.
In fact, competition is so common place in our society that we hardly realize we are doing it. We compare things as quickly and easily as we do people, and often our snap judgments are dead wrong. Nevertheless, we continue to do it, and more often than not, the person who does not measure up to our standards is none other than ourselves. For example, the woman who rolls her eyes and says about another woman, "She thinks she's cute," does so because she feels inferior to the woman she referred to. She has no idea that the woman in question is also insecure, comparing herself to the other women in the room, and secretly afraid that everyone will stare at her.
This mentality touches every part of a person's life and hinders success, especially when it comes to health and fitness. Many people will not go to the gym or to the neighborhood track because they do not believe they look as good as someone else in workout clothes. Others will not go because they are afraid of being stared at and talked about by the skinny, healthy looking people. However, they do not realize the enemy will continue to use this strategy against them in order to keep them overweight and on their way to contracting an obesity related disease.
The truth is the only person who matters is you! Have you ever been a healthy body size and weight? Do you want to become free of an eating disorder and be healthy again? If you have never known a skinny day, would you like to finally experience it? Then get tunnel vision and forget about what everyone around you looks like. Very often what you perceive as health and fitness is merely a façade. Instead, focus on the image of you that you want to become and trust God to help you achieve your goal!
If you are willing to stop competing against others and focus on obtaining your health and fitness goals through Christ, purchase your copy of the Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher’s Edition today at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center located at 501 West 9th Street in Little Rock, Arkansas! In the book, you will learn the biblical principles regarding the body, dieting, exercising, and maintaining a healthy body for the glory of God! If you live outside of the Little Rock area, order your copy at Barnes and Noble.com and start serving the One True Living God in every aspect of your life, including your eating habits today!
Ann Wooten Taylor
Ann is an attorney who has been licensed to practice law in the State of Arkansas since 2004, practicing in the areas of child abuse and neglect, special education, and unemployment insurance law. Mrs. Taylor is also the C.E.O. of Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries and a Christian author. Her first non-fiction, Christian book entitled, "Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook" was published and released by Life to Legacy Publishing in 2015. Her second book, the "Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher's Edition" was published and released in December 2016.