This is based on the sermon I heard today at church, but it also applies to those that might not have a faith or a different faith than I might have.
Let my apply these principals in general and then how they might apply to one who has a faith.
Eat healthy - We all know to keep our bodies running the best way they can we have to put the proper food into it. A diet of junk food, while can potentially be delicious, is destructive for our overall health long term. We must eat healthy foods generally with those occasional unhealthy foods allowed, as long as in moderation.
A person of faith can apply this not just with healthy eating for their body, but what they are eating on spiritually. Habits like reading the Bible, spending time in prayer, going to church, staying away from things that can potentially be harmful, not appropriate movies, songs, TV shows, etc. Spending too much time on social media and less time pursuing things that are worthy, those I mentioned above.
Lose weight - We all know the benefits of weight loss. Less stress on joints and muscles and vital organs like the heart and lung. Less potential of developing serious health problems like diabetes and hypertension. But, and this applies to nonbeliever and believer, there are other things we should lose. Bitterness, anger, fear, worry, anxiety, and so much more. We need to drop those things that encumber us from living a freeing life or for the believer, the abundant life that Jesus wants us to live. He came to give us life, not to steal it or destroy it. The enemy, for those that believe, does enough of that himself. We need to lose weight to live abundantly.
Exercise more - A body that is moving is generally a more healthy body. Muscles need to be used or they will become deconditioned. The same thing happens if we don't exercise kindness or love or generosity and so much more. Those qualities and similar need to be exercised more and not less if again we want to live the abundant life.
This is how I want to live 2017. Eat healthy, lose weight, exercise more.
And my intent to do so?
So many pick a word of the year they concentrate on. I haven't in a while, but this year felt moved to pick a word. Two came to mind, but I settled on.
As in "Fix My Eyes on Jesus" the author and perfecter of my faith. Fix my eyes more on him by reading my Bible more, spending more time in prayer and meditation and reflection. That's the eating part.
For the losing weight part, I need to let go of anxiety, worry, and fear, my natural default mode when times get tough. I spent too many minutes, hours, days, weeks at the end of 2016 paralyzed with worry and fear. I am intentionally letting go of that "dear" friend of mine anxiety in the year 2017. I have a strategy of working on it through scripture and prayer. I intend to be less anxious by the end of 2017 (prayers needed on this if you pray). But I do intend to lose the weight of anxiety significantly in this new year.
And finally exercise more. Exercise more physically as I have become a bit deconditioned but also by being kinder, more gentle, more loving, more generous and so much more. Remembering that Christmas spirit all through the year and not just in preparation for that one day that comes and goes way too fast.
So that is my intent for this new year.
Fix my eyes on Jesus. I truly believe if my main focus is him it will lead up to my second word for the year that I played around, which is Joy. If I fix my eyes on him, I do believe that joy will be found.
Will this be easy to do? No. It goes against my grain. Remember, anxiety, worry and fear are my default mode. I need to consciously live differently and that I intend to do.
By eating healthy, losing weight, and exercising more.
And I truly believe 2017 will be the year God wants me to have. Living abundantly in him.
I trust he will keep his promises and his word.
Fix My Eyes on Jesus in 2017.
That's my goal and my resolution each day in 2017.