Shawn McClendon: Make Contentment a Priority on Your Health Journey

I recently came across an article about Australian fitness blogger Kate Writer who, though initially gaining a following by documenting her weight loss journey on Instagram, recently made news for gaining much of the weight back.  After losing 108 pounds, Kate intentionally allowed some of the weight to return over a five-year time period.

Not quite what you would expect from a fitness blogger, right?  But now, let’s check out why she did this.

The fitness blogger described how, as she lost the weight, she found herself “stuck in the diet mentality,” obsessing over Calories and never really finding happiness, regardless of how thin she became.  She detailed how there was always something else to improve with her body, and always some lower number to reach on the scale.  One day, when she decided enough was enough, she gave up her perfect body ideals and allowed herself to regain some of the lost weight.  To note, she still maintains a healthy diet and exercise regimen, but she doesn’t obsess over it all, choosing to be content instead.

There is a huge lesson for us in this.

It’s no secret that having a super-fit, super-toned body is highly valued in our society.  Social media is saturated with fitness personalities with the perfect bodies.  Fitness articles are common on every online news site and tell us about the diets we should be eating, the weight training exercises we should be doing, or the perfect weight we should be trying to reach for our height.  Boutique fitness studios of all kinds are the rage right now.

But if we’re perfectly honest, society encourages us toward an obsession with fitness and a certain body image.  Don’t get me wrong; I am not implying that wanting to look a certain way is a problem, necessarily.  Obsession, however, can be a problem for us as Christians.

In 1 Timothy 6:6, Paul tells Timothy that “godliness with contentment is great gain.”  Considering this statement as it pertains to the Christian attitude towards health and fitness, it is indeed godly for us to maintain our bodies through diet, exercise and other healthy habits.  We are stewards of these “earthen vessels,” and are exhorted in 1 Corinthians 6:20 to glorify God with our bodies.  I think that you’d agree that it’s pretty hard to glorify God with bodies that are burdened with health issues caused by our own unhealthy habits.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Shawn McClendon

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