[2Cr 5:16 NIV] So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.
[2Cr 5:17 NIV] Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
[2Cr 5:18 NIV] All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation
When you buy a new car, you baby it. You don’t want anything to get it dirty. The gas tank never gets below a half tank. I remember when I first got my license, I swore to never eat in my car, never let it get muddy, and to never find out what that “gas light” looked like. Since then, it’s been 11 years. Now when my cute little 16 year old girls on the dance team get their license, I hear them give the same spiel. I just grin and sit back in my wisdom because in that 11 years, life has happened. That car became literally, a means of transportation, getting me from one busy aspect of my life to another. In between point A and point B, the gas light became an old friend and French fries found their way under the seats.
In a way, overtime our bodies meet the same fate. We may let ourselves go a little after awhile in the same way. We intend to take good care of ourselves, but our bodies end up just being that means of transportation from A to B. Can you imagine the difference in our lives if we would have kept those 16 year old fantasies of taking care of our bodies like our dream car? We can, it’s never too late. Let’s take care of ourselves, mind, body, and strength, like we would a brand new car because according to the Word, we are new in Him. Let’s make the 2012 model be the best one yet.
Write down your goals and make them real. Whether it be on a post it note on the fridge, the background of your phone, or an index card placed in your bible, write down your goals and put it somewhere where you will see it often. Be specific! Want to lose weight? Great, how much? Want to be able to run farther? Great, how far? Be specific and be reasonable. We aren’t here for a quick fix, we are in this for the long run. Lifestyle changes stick, gimmicks don’t. We are striving for what God intended us to be: healthy. Not what media screams we should be, too thin yesterday.