Jesus said, "Love God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment." (Matthew 22:37-40)
I think we do a pretty good job of loving God with our soul in the evangelical community. We go to church and worship with fellow believers. We sing out loud to God in a form of sacrificial praise. We pray often, and most of us are committed to a lifestyle inclusive of Godly behavior.
With our Mind, we do a C- job, at best. Sure, just like the bell curve theory, there are always those who are reaching to understand the faith in the context of the world today, but there are a wide majority who only work out their belief systems on Sundays and Wednesdays. Reading books, studying ancients, working on the lifestyles of the early faith, most evangelicals have a road block in adhearing to a Loving God with your Mind. I actually heard one evangelical pastor say, "I don't need to read any other book than the Bible. It has everything I need." (I'll just leave that there.)
With ALL OUR HEART!! Now this is where I've learned more in the last 5 months than my whole spiritual life journey combined. Some would translate the heart piece as the physical body God gave us. Obviously our soul is the spiritual side, but our heart beats in our body every second of the day. So the question is, how can we love God with our heart?
I remember one of my mentors was speaking to a church convention, and as he approached the podium in front of thousands of followers, he looked over at the men sitting on the stage and said, "I don't know how you guys Shepherd your congregations when you can't even take care of your own bodies." YIKES!!
He was, in essence, shouting out from the mountaintop, GET IN SHAPE. Take care of your body. Don't give over to the desires of the world, but take serious what goes in your body.
Well, I decided to take this serious. And I found....
Yep. That's my secret.
I know Herbalife isn't a spiritual answer to your journey, but it's been AMAZING for mine. I'm always a bit wary of a company that sells product from one user to another, but when I started working out with this nutritional supplement, everything started making sense.
My body feels great.
My spirit seems to be in the right place.
My relationships are full.
I've worked out in the gym all my life.
I've been riding bikes for the last 15 years.
I've done running races, bike races, and even did a half Iron Man last year in Houston.
But I was missing something.
I remember seeing Herbalife on the jerseys of the L.A. Galaxy Soccer team. I vaguely remember the jerseys worn by some of my favorite professional bike riders. But, when a friend of mine decided to join the Herbalife movement, I finally found the fuel to put in my body that takes care of my nutrition.
I don't know why faith journeyman are scared of recognizing the importance of proper nutrition. I too have spoken at conferences where the leaders are all about Pizza, Hamburgers, and the latest Pot Luck dinners. Why do we settle for stuff like that? Every teenage event is centered around, "Who's getting the hot dogs?" And I've known my fair share of youth ministers who just continue to allow their bodies to suffer for the sake of the gospel.
What would the world look like if people of faith started to fuel the body God gave them with the right nutrition? What if we took serious Paul's command that we should see our bodies as "The Temple of the Holy Spirit?" Would the Temple be satisfied with less than the best food?
If you're waiting for someone to help you take charge of your body, I'd love to introduce you to my friend in L.A. who is making a difference in the lives of hundreds of people. He's found a way to encourage physical health above settling for the latest fast food. And everyone in America knows, this isn't just a spiritual problem, our obesity rate is out of control.
I've found, with proper nutrition, my spiritual life is coming alive lke no other time in my life. It's amazing to encounter God with a temple that is pure. It doesn't mean I don't eat what I want every now and then, bu it does mean, I'm taking control of making sure I have the fuel my body needs.
I'd love to help introduce you to a nutrition program to help you on Your Journey.