Thursday, September 30, 2010

Just a thought

The other night while watching TV I saw one of the many ads for Weight Watchers. It was a testimonial from an actress talking about how her life was changed by losing 50 pounds. She talked about how wonderful her life is now that she lost all that weight and said that if she could go back in time and speak to her old self, she’d say that everything would be okay.

It made me start to wonder, what would it be like to see a commercial like that for God: a popular and pretty actress talking about how amazing she feels with the Savior in her life, how it’s changed everything for her, and she even gets emotional with a tear in her eye because she is so filled with joy.

How different would our society be if we spent the same amount of focus on our spiritual health as we do our physical? If doctors made the rounds of television news shows discussing how attending church and praying once a week can reduce heart disease? If instead of rows and rows of weight loss products and vitamins at Wal-mart there were rows and rows of Bibles and prayer books? If there was a major ad campaign to get
children to spend 30 minutes a day with Jesus so that they could be healthier as adults? What if people woke up extra early and stopped after work at the church to pray and serve instead of at the fitness center?

Our society is obsessed with the physical form. Actresses who are thin get better roles and make more money than those whose bodies aren’t quite so tiny. Magazines are filled with their photos and tips for losing weight. But what if magazines were filled with men and women of God and their testimonies of faith?

Unfortunately, many people treat the hospital and their church the same way: they go once a year for an annual check-up or when it’s an emergency.

I don’t disregard the importance of taking good care of our bodies, but I think that if you look around, our culture takes it to the extreme. When Jesus healed people in His time on earth, he didn’t just heal their bodies, he healed their souls as well, because what worth is a healthy body with a sick soul? James 2:26 says, “the body without the spirit is dead” That’s why it is so important that the hospital and churches
work together.

1 Corinthians 6:19 says Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

So the next time you see a Weight Watchers/Jenny Craig/Nutrifast commercial on television, imagine to yourself what it would be like if the spokesperson was speaking about the Lord and consider what a different world that would be!

Today's pic is of Mia's new haircut. She loves it, and so do I!


The Book Nut said...

You are so right here! Another place I see this kind of comparison is between our Christian life and sports. People will make a complete fool of themselves to support their favorite team but ask them about their faith and they're shy and backward. If we would get excited about God and be outspoken about our beliefs who knows what would happen?

Great blog! I was just browsing a blog directory and found you. I write book reviews just for fun as well!

Have a great day!