Only women can understand how frustrating it is when you gain weight unintentionally! At times, the stress of group projects, presentations, papers, and homework makes it difficult to keep up with our weight; consequently, unhealthy food choices tend to be more appealing as they are readily available. Additionally, there’s not much time for exercise due to all these school activities. Then, the big scare comes when you look at your body in the mirror and the scale confirms you have drifted away from your ‘normal’ acceptable weight!
When it comes to weight issues, we can go on either two extremes. The first one is to be so obsessed about losing weight that we become depressed every time that scale needle goes further away from our acceptable weight; we begin to envy all the girls with flat bellies. The other extreme is to be totally careless about our weight that we eat whatever, whenever. Clothes becoming too tight are an excuse to go on a shopping spree. We’re all familiar with these verses in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 “don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.” S. Michael Houdmann of Got Questions Ministries explains: “By choosing the word ‘temple’ to describe the Spirit’s dwelling, God conveys the idea that our bodies are the shrine, or the sacred place, in which the Spirit not only lives, but is worshiped, revered, and honored. Therefore, how we behave…and what we let into the temple…becomes critically important.” Hence, when it comes to weight, we should neither neglect our bodies by eating without restrictions nor idolize our figure to deprive ourselves of all good things God created (1Tim4:3-4). There needs to be a good balance of the two extremes; we have to make an effort to stay fit and eat healthily (here are quick tips), remember that where there is a will, there is a way. Finally, we leave the rest to God, trusting Him by casting out all worry or stress even if in the long run we still gain another pound. Our Father knows that weight control is important to us, He’ll indeed help us on our journey when we honor Him.