When we face difficult circumstances, we often feel as though we are in it alone even when it is obvious that we are not. For example, if you are married, your spouse is as much affected by what takes place in your life as you are. If there is a layoff on your job, everyone who received a pink slip understands what you are going through. In America, over one third (1/3) of the population is overweight. That means they all are experiencing the same challenges as you are in terms of losing unwanted pounds and adopting a healthy lifestyle. Likewise, those struggling with eating disorders are also acutely aware of the pain and devastation the disorder causes in your life.
Nevertheless, the isolation, the loneliness, and the belief that no one understands your plight persists, especially when you eat healthier meals alone, exercise alone, and adopt a healthy lifestyle alone in a household full of people who have no interest in changing their unhealthy habits. Recognize that this is a trick of the enemy, an attack designed to make you quit! If you think about it, it is really not much different than the peer pressure you felt as a child to skip school, become sexually active, or use drugs because everyone else was doing it.
The Bible says, "When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child, but when I became a man, I put away childish things" (1 Corinthians 13:11). The enemy's intent is the same today as it was during childhood. He wants you to feel left out, to think you are missing out on something, and to desire to be included. But remember what happened to the kids who skipped school? Many of them became high school dropouts who still struggle to make ends meet. Remember the girls who decided to satisfy their boyfriends' lust? Some of them became teenaged mothers and/or were infected with sexually transmitted diseases. Remember the friends who urged you to take a hit of weed? A few of them became drug addicts, drug dealers, and/or incarcerated prisoners.
Now fast forward to today, yesterday, last week, last month, or even last year. How many people have died from heart attacks in your family? Which co-worker was paralyzed due to a stroke? What church member is on dialysis? Who among your friends was diagnosed with diabetes? You do not have to look back thirty (30) years to know what will happen if you give in to the pressure to quit. That scenario is playing out all around you every day.
Even if it is true that no human being on earth knows, cares, or understands what you are enduring on your health and fitness journey, Jesus does! Even if no one will travel the narrow road that leads to health and fitness with you, He will! He has promised that even if everyone else fails you and leaves you, He never will! He will stay by your side, holding your right hand through it all, and when you have done all you can and you are unable to stand on your own, He will carry you out of the Wilderness of Obesity and Eating Disorders into the Promised Land of Healthy and Fit for Life!
If you finally realize that you do not have to eat, drink, or exercise alone on your health and fitness journey, register today for the Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries Health and Fitness Master Class, featuring Dr. Tara Cannon, author of Health and Wellness for the Believer, Elsa Oliver, Christian nutritionist, and First Lady of Fitness, Debra Jones! The classes are free! There are no registration fees or membership fees! Participants are only responsible for the cost of the class materials. Classes begin online only on Monday, August 22, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. CST! Space is limited. Sign up now at www.eatingasanactofworshipministries.org!
If you are unable to take the course, purchase your copies of the Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook and the Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher’s Edition online today at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.com. In the books, you will learn the biblical principles regarding the body, dieting, exercising, and maintaining a healthy body for the glory of God. Read our weekly blog for motivation to stay healthy and fit through Christ. Follow us daily on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for recipes, diet, and exercise tips. Tune in to our syndicated radio show on the DFW Den Radio Station, the StudioW Buzz Radio Station, and Victory KVDW 100.9 FM, 95.3 FM, and 1530 AM in Little Rock, Arkansas for interviews and health and fitness trends. Lastly, make your tax-deductible donation to Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries at www.eatingasanactofworshipministries.org!
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.