Nearly a year ago I reached that point in life that we sometimes call the “mid-life crisis.” I suppose I had been on this journey for some time, but by the Spring of 2012 I had all the classic symptoms. I was enjoying my man-toys way too much while neglecting what was really important: my body, soul and anything that resembled personal development. I had reached that point where I was sick and tired of being sick and tired and decided to do something about it.
I always enjoyed sports, but found it difficult to bend over far enough to snag an easy ground ball, and definitely couldn’t cover a tennis court the way I once did. When I went on a diet and exercise program it was refreshing to have people notice the 45 lbs. I lost, but what happened inside this vessel of clay and dirt is what really mattered.
Feeling better physically spurred a lot of other good things in my life. I got back to studying my Bible, reading good books and pursuing some of the dreams that had been on hold for the past couple of years. I was motivated, driven and excited about the future.
As happy as I am with the new me (my weight loss and fitness), I am reminded by what the apostle Paul tells us, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16). I am thankful for all the benefits I am enjoying from embracing a healthy lifestyle. I enjoy sports again, I sleep better at night, my blood pressure is looking good, but more than that – I am thankful for the new man inside.
Few things can beat waking up excited about your day, motivated to accomplish something that makes a difference in the world, and knowing that your relationship is right with God and those around you. I am a big advocate of healthy living, but when focusing on your physical health, don’t neglect your spiritual, emotional and social health. Luke tells that Jesus, “grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52). In other words He grew intellectually, physically, spiritually and socially. That is a pretty good pattern for creating the new man.