Exercise and God’s Word

I was able to run for the second time since my tonsillectomy a couple of days ago (I plan on running for the third time tonight). My recuperation was supposed to be two weeks, but I thought it would be better to wait another week before running again.

Prior to my surgery, I was able to maintain a certain plan of what I ate and when I would eat it, but slowly during my recovery time, I noticed that I would eat more or eat things that I usually would not eat.

For example, during my third week of post op, I had slow cooked spare ribs in spaghetti sauce—I’m not supposed to have meat or tomato sauce since I have GERD, but I told myself that I would just take my medication if I had a problem. Then I ate chicken almost every day with quarts of rice pudding.

Now that I’m resuming my workout routine, I realized that it’s easier for me to resist certain foods when I am exercising than when I am not— I’m certainly not eating as much as I had over the previous three weeks.  

It seemed that when I was disciplined in working out (prior to the tonsillectomy) then I was able to have self-control over the types of food or the amount of food that I would eat; but when I did not work out (like during the post-op time) then it was more difficult for me to maintain good eating habits.

I think the same principle applies in our Christian walk— when we stay focused on God’s Word then we have more strength to resist temptations, to endure the “buttons” that Satan pushes, and to overlook distractions that can keep us from living like a true believer in Christ. 

I can handle situations differently when I am “in the Word”—my attitude is better and things don’t bother me as much. My thoughts are more positive and I have more patience. I can even stop myself from saying things that I will regret later.

James 4:8 says, “Come close to God, and God will come close to you…” (NLT). “Every athlete exercises self-control in all things… ” (1 Cor 9:25); Proverbs 3:6 has, “Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take” (NLT). So true!

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti
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