Some Good Nutrition Is Needed
Published by Deborah Negron M.A.
If you put these instructions before the brethren, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the good doctrine which you have followed.
1 Timothy 4:6
How can I be a good disciple? How can I be nourished in truth? The word already revealed is sufficient for my growth and development.
But there is a greater need within each one of us. It is the need to absorb and to not only be satiated by, but also, properly developed in truth.
Today we have so many diets. The Keto diet, the Paleo diet, the Atkins diet, a renal diet for those who suffer from kidney issues, a diabetic diet for low carbs. Diet after diet to maintain the body.
The attempt to remain healthy has become a huge industry that is thriving. The main reason for that is, the desire we all have to be well.
Healthy eating is a necessity. It is what will determine the quality of our days. One can live long with many ailments. Or one can live healthy and enjoy one’s days.
The quality of nutrients we put in our bodies will determine the stamina, the strength and capacity to operate in or to manage the circumstances of life.
The experts offer many ideas, solutions and self help methods. Yet the number one factor to cause a person to develop is their intake. Their choice in what to tak in and what to leave out, will be what makes their outcomes.
We could try following any type diet and find we fail when the application of the knowledge attained is not made.
I have High Blood Pressure. It is hereditary. Both my parents suffer from the same thing.
So though, I am predisposed to this illness, I do not have to continue suffering from it’s terrible effects.
It is a silent killer. High Blood pressure when unmanaged, can cause strokes, heart attacks, lack of functioning, fatigue and even blindness. I have had some visual problems with regard to high blood pressure in my eyes.
The longer one lives under pressure, that is not properly managed, one runs the risk of developing further complications.
A stressful life can contribute to the pressures we all experience. In my case, the combination of outside stressors and the internal biological factors were what caused alot of the issues I faced. In hindsight, however, I can tell you my fear of change ws my worst enemy. My fear of not knowing how things would play out and always assuming the worst, was the very thing that made matters worst.
I was married to a very unstable man. For 25 years, his emotional rollercoaster was my ride too. This affected relationships with family. Relationships with friends. It bled in to my work life and even halted my ability to thrive.
Since walking away from that relationship and going to my medical doctor and getting a full work up,
I learned how poorly nourished I had been. There was a deficit in my vitamin an mineral intake which caused a malnourishment.
My body was not processing the nutrients I needed to be healthy. My poor eating habits, the lacks in my diet and trying to keep it all together, were the very things that kept me in a mental fog and physically exhausted.
As I began to take action and change my eating habits and take vitamins and limit the dangerous stressors, I began to experience changes that were positive.
The malnutrition, yes, the lack of proper nutrients, were making me unable to stand up for myself. My weak body was part of the reason why I had been so afraid.
Today, I can tell you, that I still struggle with my weight. However, I am at peace. I do not have control of many things around me. But I have peace. I am more in control of what keeps me healthy and safe and secure. Where I am able, I take charge.
I am trying to eat properly and be more conscious of my nutritional needs. Having a child, helps with that one. I have to keep my child healthy.
I have increased something else in my daily life. I have increased my daily intake of the Word of God.
There are other areas of life that can also contribute to a healhy lifestyle. That is, what I call, The Faith Option.
The Bible tells us that Jesus said, I am the BREAD of Life. So, as I have increased vitamins and minerals for my physical body. So, I have increased my intake of scripture and my time of devotion.
Another part of this Faith Option is the part where I am accountable to God. The more I pray and connect on a daily basis, the more I can experience the peace and fulfillment the Lord provides, the more clear and focused is my thought process. I am secure in this mindset, I am a Child of God. I am also a part of His Church, The Body of Christ.
Yes, The Body of Christ is the Church. We are all members of his body. It does behoove us to eat well the word of truth. To divide the portions and eat the scroll. To learn what we need in life is found as we study and put in to practice what we learn in his word.
We then must connect with the people of God, As this bond is created we gain strength and purpose. The community of faith helps us to understand we are not alone. We are infused with enthusiasm and the wherewithal to go forward in life. They share our Joy’s and victories and pray for us in our distress and loss.
I am encouraged in my faith as I connect with fellow believers. This community of faith enables me to thrive. For as I gather with them we do what scripture tells us…
“addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.”
Just as it is necessary to bond with good people and develop healthy relationships to be well, it is necessary to connect with God and his people on the daily to have a healthy spiritual life. The physical body is important and must be well taken care of but our spiritual bodies are far more important. The spirit lives forever.
Our bodies are mortal. But our spirits are immortal.
In light of this, I must examine my spiritual nutrients. I must examine the intake of my life. I must be able to recognize what makes me weak and what makes me strong.
Too often we were found in a church facility while our minds were wandering off. Being in a religious structure makes me no more a Christian, than standing in a garage makes me a car.
To be a Christian I need to understand the importance of reading the word of God. I must have daily communication with the Lord through prayer. I must walk and exercise my faith by putting in to practice what the word of God says. As a part of the Body of Christ I am responsible for my part as a member of his community of faith.
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many.
1 Corinthians 12:12-14
I must walk circumspectfully. I must redeem the time.
- Loving others as I love myself.
- Being the hands and feet of Jesus means I must share his love with the I meet.
- I must not be selfish, nor think of myself to highly.
- I must remember I am the beloved of God. I hold value, no one should be Lording over me.
- I have the Lord who is the one I serve.
- I have the authority in Christ to rebuke the enemy in Jesus’ name.
- I can flee temptation.
- I can keep my eyes from evil and keep my lips from speaking lies. I choose to live right.
- I can focus on the goodness of God and release my anxieties to him.
- I can become learned in the word in order to know how to fight the good fight.
Scripture tells me…
I am no longer sinner, I have been made new.-
Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17
I have been set free, I am not guilty. –
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
I have been given Eternal Life my sin is forgiven –
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I am more than a conqueror through Christ –
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
When I nourish my life with God’s word. My spirit becomes strengthened. My thoughts are secure and my hope is in God. My mental state is at peace.
So, when the issues of life come and they do, I am able to manage them through the faith I have gained in Christ Jesus.
God’s word is Good Nutrition. It is wisdom and health to my bones.
Hope and joy, peace an love are mine in him. This is Good Nutrition.