This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalm 118:24
Wouldn’t it be great to have a warning system built in so that whenever we are about to eat something that is detrimental to our health, an alarm would sound? What about an automatic exercise machine that would kick in if we hadn’t moved our bodies all day?
The truth is we do have these alarms, and something inside of us turns them off. At some point we quit paying attention to what we are eating and to our lack of physical exercise, and we wonder how we ended up with excess weight and health problems.
A woman I know just lost 5 pounds and was in a celebratory mood. I congratulated her and asked her “what are you doing to lose the weight?” She said she had started a weight loss program and the first step was to write down everything she ate. “I hated that part, because if I don’t pay attention to what I eat, then I don’t feel guilty.”
What are you not paying attention to? This is your life. Are you who you want to be? “Today is the first day of the rest of your life” is a famous quote which rings with a lot of truth. “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it” is scriptural truth. Both point to the importance of paying attention.
Many of us are focused on past pain and resentment, and we use food to fill the void. Others of us are depressed, and our energy level is low, and physical movement seems like climbing a mountain even if it’s a simple walk around the block.
Pay attention! You are important! God has a plan for your life, and your body is the vehicle in which He plans on working through. Today do one thing towards a healthier way of life. Write down everything you eat, and assess where changes could be made. Take a walk for 30 minutes. Bring a friend. Little by little you will begin to notice that paying attention makes a positive difference in your life!