I just recently read an article by a nutritionist named Jennifer Clampet that said the average American eats between 4,500 and 7,100 calories on Thanksgiving. Wow! That means that the average person gains about two pounds of fat on Thanksgiving. That statistic just blows me away. We work so hard to eat right, stay healthy, exercise, and take care of ourselves all year and then we blow it in the name of a holiday about giving thanks. For many people, this one day of unhealthy living leads to an entire month of overeating and under-exercising. That same article said:
“It’s like they switch off that mental note, and Thanksgiving for some people becomes a five or six day ordeal,” said Leslie Brenton, nutrition coach at Club Sport in Tualatin.
Then there’s the shopping on Black Friday and then outings with friends. Brenton, a registered dietician, says that as the holiday season gets into full swing people cut back on their exercise routines as their days get busier.
This is a very similar picture to our spiritual lives. We work so hard to live a life of holiness. We pray, go to church, do good deeds, and seek the Lord. We try to do our best and work out our salvation. Then Satan steps in and brings temptation one time and we indulge in whatever it is. Then, just like eating, sin is a slippery slope that keeps us down. Instead of a onetime thing, it becomes something we are caught in for a long time. It is time for believers to exercise their faith. When we get weighted down with sin, we become useless to the Kingdom. So, let us join together in the workout program of the Lord. It goes something like this:
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us 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 NKJV-
ONE LOVE,ONE GOD, ONE WAY