Most sin can be hidden for a while except for one – the sin of gluttony. It’s the sin you wear. You can’t escape its consequence as one’s frame enlarges due to one’s indulgence. While you can hide cheating, lying, fornication and a host of others sins from view (at least for a season), the sin of gluttony is obvious and apparent.
What is gluttony? It’s greed and the unrestrained self-indulgence for food. Gluttony is a form of idolatry; the worship of a false god. It’s the rejection of moderation. This sin has serious consequences in health, image, mobility and spirituality.
I’ve spent the majority of my adult life overweight. Eating for solace, out of habit and for shear enjoyment. The effects were obvious. Larger and baggier attire was the code while avoiding mirrors and photo opportunities. Over the years, I’ve missed some great Kodak moments because I purposefully avoided the camera.
For the record, not every overweight person is necessarily a glutton. There are medical disorders and conditions which lead to unwanted weight gain. I’m also not a fat/overweight hater. For many people frame size is a choice, the result of poor choices and habits. I know this from personal experience. This is part of my story.
To the person who is sick and tired of being sick and tired, there’s hope. I’m gonna give you three words: moderation, habit and dependence. Moderation is about limits such as portion size and food selections. Habit is about permission, discipline, routines, movement and choices. Dependence is about a reliance and trust in God for strength, endurance and perseverance. While it may seem like this is entirely a physical battle, it is hugely spiritual. With the New Year almost here, this is the perfect season in which to choose a healthier you.
Are you ready? Ready for a healthier you? If so, let’s talk. I’m not a dietician or a trainer, but I’m more than happy to share the story of my journey and some tales from the daily battle. I’d also love to connect you with people and resources that’ll make a difference in your life. So, let me hear from you.