Monday, April 12, 2010

Denial

My husband, Greg, is on a health kick. He’s spending more time on the treadmill and has started eating salads for lunch (which is an astonishing since he had only eaten maybe 10 salads in his life so far…) He’s determined to shed a few pounds and lead the family into a healthier lifestyle. It’s been said that in a balanced diet ‘you can have things in moderation’, but it’s the moderation part that trips me up. I prefer to stop at the ‘you can have things’ part of that quote.

As Greg works off the 10 lbs or so that may have accumulated over the last year and a half, I’m trying to chisel off 1/3 of my body weight! Although our goals are distinctly different, we both have to say no to foods that we like and that, quite frankly, make us happy. He’s a meat and beer-asaurus and I’m a chocoholic so we both consistently need to deny ourselves those indulgences.

Do you have something that you need to start denying yourself of? Have you been enjoying something that just isn’t good for you? I have to disagree that ‘you can have all things in moderation’ because so many of us lose sight of what healthy moderation truly is. Sometimes we just have to say ‘no’. For example, a good friend of mine just celebrated his fourth year of sobriety this week. He’s the first to testify that sometimes omission, not moderation, is what’s required to have a healthy life.

Jesus knew how to say ‘no’ to the things that held no value so He could say ‘yes’ to the things that would matter for the kingdom. He knew that the things He would give up could not compare with the benefits He would gain! We have the opportunity to follow His lead. The first step is denying ourselves of the things that stand between us and God so we can gain what is truly beneficial.

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.”Luke 9:23-24

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