So You Want Instant Wellness???
By Ellie Marrandette
At the beginning of one of my Wellness Classes in 2007, I asked this question: “If I could wave a magic wand and declare you instantly thin, how many of you would take me up on it?”
Nearly 8o% of the thirty-six attendees raised their hands.
Then shaking my head, I apologized, “Well, I’m sorry, I wouldn’t do it.”
“That’s mean!” some protested, “I’d love to be instantly thin! Why not?”
Why wouldn’t I? “Because,” I told them, “You wouldn’t learn anything, that’s why.”
Instant gratification doesn’t teach anything. The process of getting healthy is more important than any progress you make. I repeat; the process is more important than the progress you make!
How many times have you heard of the latest sports rookie who signed onto a team for a small fortune, only to lose his wealth to fast cars, parties, drugs, gambling, or something else? What about those lottery winners who go through all their millions in a few years and wind up unemployed and homeless? And don’t get me started on those young actors who face jail time because they think their celebrity status designates them above the law.
It‘s all too much, too soon! They never learned the process of control. The reward came instantly before the self-discipline developed to control it.
The growth process educates. We learn to maintain emotional control when challenges arise. We consider our best actions during trials and strive to maintain disciplined integrity during difficult situations! Only you and the Holy Spirit reside inside you so I’d recommend choosing wisely.
Have you ever wondered how God perceives instant gratification? After all, God SPOKE and there was light. He SPOKE and the world came into existence. God SPOKE and the universe was created instantly . . .
Did you notice, however, that God took time to create a man? Why? Well, it seems even God didn’t promote instant gratification when it came to conceiving mankind!
Amazingly, He didn’t simply speak, and automatically man existed. Rather He lovingly and thoughtfully reached down, formed man from the dust of the earth, and breathed His own life’s breath into him.
It wasn’t long afterward however, that man childishly demanded instant gratification. Paradise wasn’t enough. Peacefully walking throughout Eden, communing with God wasn’t enough. Adam desired to be like God with the knowledge of good and evil. Well, we know how that turned out. Satan rejoiced over man’s fall. Do you want him rejoicing over your downfall as well?
As Adam discovered, instant gratification can be a painful lesson over the long haul. And man has not changed in over 6,000 years! As Ecclesiastes 1:9 declares, “What has been, is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.”
Today it’s no different. After couples get married, many instantly purchase the huge, immaculately furnished home with a beautifully manicured lawn, and a two-car garage for his-and-her brand new automobiles. The 72–inch HD screen hangs impressively on the media room’s surround-sound wall, so playing the latest video gaming system is pure pleasure. Instant reward! Until the bills outweigh the income and the filing of bankruptcy begins.
This is similar to anyone who loses weight too quickly on a pie-in-the-sky fad diet. “Lose 10 pounds in 7 days!” screams the endorsement and people believe the hype. They try it and even if it works at first, it will never last. Because it didn’t teach anything!
Sadly, after someone finishes a fad diet, the weight piles back on when they resume a normal diet or old eating habits return. No fad diet uncovers the underlying reasons why those individuals ate as they did. Even worse, they’ll gain fat to replace the muscle lost. This bankrupts the spirit and Christians feel like failures . . . and Satan rejoices.
“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)
God wants us to be as healthy based on His diet plan in Genesis 1:9, Genesis 9:3, and 1 Corinthians 10:23. We don’t need a Ph.D. to understand this simple philosophy: Eat for Nutrients. God took time to design us for that.
God knows it’s good for a man to work for what he receives. If a man builds his own house with his own hands, he will retain enough pride in his accomplishment to care for that home. When a man loses weight, gets healthy using self-discipline and God’s sensible eating plan, he has an investment in keeping the weight off as well. It was the journey’s victorious outcome that made his sacrifices meaningful.
One final encouragement: Christ didn’t rely on instant gratification. He arrived as a baby, not a fully grown man. Jesus knew growing as a man, it would be necessary to live amidst all of Earth’s temptations and trials. He experienced hunger, heat, cold, discouragement, betrayal, heartache, suffering, and everything we are tested with.
He not only endured and conquered all of those obstacles, he triumphed! His Father could have sent a thousand angels to make his life easier. Jesus could have lived in a palace. He could have lived in a more affluent age, but Jesus endured normal trials for us. It was Christ’s Victorious Outcome that made the journey worthwhile.
Christ personally understands what you are going through and how challenging it is to discipline yourself to seek a healthier existence. Isn’t restricting fattening foods worth the sacrifice He endured for us?
After attending Graham Jr. College in Boston and Moody Bible College, Ellie Marrandette earned her Bachelor of Ministry (BMIN) from Trinity Theological Seminary. Fascinated by psychology and physiology, God directed Ellie toward a rewarding healthcare career. She became a licensed, certified nutritional counselor, working with doctors, nutritional centers, and independently as the founder of New Creations Ministries , a faith-based solution in overcoming health challenges.
In recent years, God has focused Ellie’s path toward writing. She is the author of four Christian novels, a novella, and a non-fiction book on healthy living entitled, Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese (Nutritional and Life Lessons God Teaches Us.) All can be found on: Here. Her current endeavor is to complete a children’s devotional this year.
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