by Richard Mansel, managing editor
Millions wish to lose weight and yet few are accomplishing anything. They struggle to lose more than a few pounds, before replacing them soon thereafter. It is an arduous process, but the weight needs to come off.
Excess baggage is very unhealthy. Our bodies have to work too hard to accomplish basic tasks.
Obesity increases our risks of heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, gallbladder disease and gallstones, osteoarthritis and breathing problems, such as sleep apnea and asthma.
It is estimated that 80% of people over age 25 are overweight./1
“The prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 more than doubled in the past 20 years.”/2
“Individuals who are obese have a 10- to -50-percent increased risk of death from all causes, compared with healthy weight individuals.”/3
It is estimated that the total cost to the nation as a result of citizens being overweight or obese is over $100 Billion./4
The cost in lost productivity is $3.9 billion./5
What is the cost to the Lord’s Army? If God’s people are dying prematurely, and an enormous percentage of their money is going to medical costs and food expenses resulting from being overweight, how does that help the spread of the gospel? Are we fit for the battlefield?
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19, NKJV).
Our physical weight, however, is not all that we need to shed. Many of us also carry far too much spiritual and emotional baggage. Sin weighs us down (Romans 6:23).
We are told to, “lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).
We must lay aside our sin, guilt and worries and allow the strength and grace of God to carry us to victory (Ephesians 1:19; Philippians 4:13).
We must put aside aside our victories and defeats, and utilize the power of God to be fearless and productive today in God’s kingdom (Philippians 4:12-14). This will be far easier if we do not die prematurely because of our weight.
We can bring glory to God by being healthier, more active and healthy of soul and mind.
Let us be committed today!