Almost one month ago this new year started, and many of us made New Year’s resolutions. Now, here we are thirty-days later and probably most of them have fallen by the wayside. Well, let this me a helpful reminder about what your New Year’s resolutions were, and that they were a good idea at the time, and probably still are worth keeping.
According to Usa.gov, these are the most popular New Years resolutions: drink less alcohol, eat healthy food, get a better education, get a better job, get fit, lose weight, manage debt, manage stress, quit smoking, reduce, reuse, and recycle, save money, take a trip, and volunteer to help others. Do your New Years Resolutions fall into one of those categories? I would like to talk about one of them in this post, namely, losing weight.
It is true that most Americans could stand to lose some weight. The Center for Disease Control reported that in 2010 over one-third of Americans were considered obese. What does the Bible have to say about this?
Proverbs 23:1-2 says: “When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: and put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.” Among other things, this verse addresses someone who feels as though they need to eat until they are completely full. Many times our children will come to us and say, “We’re hungry!” We explain to them that since it had been a mere two hours since our last meal, they are not hungry, simply not full anymore. It is a bad habit to get into when you need to end every meal feeling stuffed. Solomon says to act as if someone were holding a knife to your throat and only eat what is obligatory.
When you can enjoy a good meal, thank the Lord for your food and only eat what is necessary. Proverbs 25:16 says “Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.” If you can control your weight by simply eating until you are satisfied, that will leave you feeling much better. Maybe your resolution was to lose fifty pounds. This is perhaps too lofty. Why not take God’s advice and simply cut back how much you eat? You’ll be better off for it, and it will be a great way to lose some weight and keep your New Year’s Resolution.