Each New Year brings new resolutions, fresh starts and motivation to do better. It’s a clean slate in which we can improve upon our previous mistakes or decisions. January and February are full of potential and drive making the most of our clean slate and positive changes. However, by March and April we become a bit down-trodden and depressed when our ideals were unmet. We feel a bit deflated and guilty for slinking back into old habits and comfortable patterns of easy life.
Making changes from our sinful nature is hard work. It takes intentional decisions, pre-planned ideas and direction, mapped out guidelines for activities and flexible attitudes. God created our bodies perfectly. Back in the days of the Old Testament, folks lived 500-800 years. The world around them wasn’t so harsh and synthetic like it is now. Today we have very little of natural food, air, water. It’s all been polluted by population and growth of civilization. God wants us to be intentional about our health. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). We are visual representatives of God along with our attitude and overall personalities. Having a godly personality and attitude takes more work sometimes than the body image. God gives us the prescription for health in Proverbs 3:7-8 “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones”.
Don’t wait for every January 1st to make changes and resolutions, start this next minute to resolve godly changes that will glorify God.