I’ve been working out a lot lately… I mean a lot. I’ve been doing a kettle bell workout in the morning, yoga in the afternoon, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the evening. I’m even doing a mini “Crossfit” on Saturday. I eat 5 smaller, “healthy" meals a day, including a “green” smoothie, which is basically a fruit smoothie with greens blended in. I also try to eat around 200 grams of protein and drink at least a gallon of water every day. I’ve been doing it for 3 weeks now and have lost 8 pounds.
Through the many hours of exercise, meal planning, prepping, and not eating what I really want to eat (Chinese food), I have had some time to think. Why? Why do all of this? I jokingly say that I’m doing this to keep my wife interested but in actuality it’s much more complicated than that.
On one hand I’m tired of being overweight, tired, and out of breath, but on the other I want something much deeper than that. I want to be the kind of person that is wholly surrendered to God and his will for my life. I know that in my spiritual life I make decisions that help me to be more godly in my behavior, and ultimately, my thinking. So, I don’t watch certain kinds of movies or entertain certain kinds of thoughts like rage and lust.
But isn’t there more to surrender? I had to start asking myself questions about why I wanted bubble tea, or deep fried foods, or actually anything tasty, or why I’d rather sit on the couch and watch TV or YouTube instead of doing something more active. I had to face the fact that I was putting aside areas in my life where I didn’t let God in. It was a place where I could eat whatever I wanted, be lazy whenever I wanted and ignored the physical and spiritual consequences.
Now, I’m not saying I will stick with this strict regimen all my life since it isn’t practical, but I see it as a kind of detox or fast from the bad habits I’ve been developing. I want to break the hold of these habits in my life. I am also not saying that you need to do what I’m doing in order to get closer to Jesus. However, I do invite you to examine your life and spend some time praying and asking the Lord if there are any areas of your life that he wants you to surrender to Him.
By the way, if you want to read the article that got me thinking about all of this, click the link below.