A man wiser than me once told me when I asked, “Why do you run?”
I run because, frankly, I love to eat food.
Which is probably as good as a reason as anything else. In the past 42 years, I’ve eaten a lot, and if I was honest, I recognize that I’ve avoided pretty much anything that would balance the scales to make my lifestyle anywhere close to healthy.
If you’ve followed my social media streams, you may have noticed that I’ve made a turn this past May and started incorporating regular exercise in my weekly routine, for one reason to help in my goal to lose weight, and the other is because, frankly, I love to eat food.
This morning at church, our pastor (interim) encouraged us again to study the bible. I’m a sunday school teacher, so I do that, each week. But if I’m honest with myself, it’s not really studying. It’s more like saying, I walk from the car to the elevator, and calling that exercise. The phrase about running, because he loves food echoed in my thoughts, and I had an epiphany.
I love television, perhaps too much, perhaps in the same way I love food. Loving food isn’t wrong per se, but when my love of food is out of balance it becomes unhealthy. Same with consuming popular culture, out of balance and it becomes spiritually unhealthy. I need to give myself some balance.
Sort of like my weight loss plans, I cut down on the intake, making better food choices, and incorporated exercise that allows me to still enjoy eating food, and also delivers the exertion that my physical body needs. So in my spiritual diet, I need to cut back on my popular culture intake, make better choices as to how I consume television, and have something spiritual to offset the dose of popular culture and provide my spirit a connection with the Almighty that is needs.
So in that endeavor, I’m going to get back in to a regular bible reading plan. As a way of using the social media that has been helpful in my physical life style improvement, I plan on blogging about what I read. I don’t promise a daily epiphany, or even any words of wisdom, more just a bit of my thoughts and the scriptures I peruse. Again the purpose here is accountability to myself, not preaching to you, my readership. If these posts don’t satisfy, just skip them, just like you might my exercise and weigh-in updates.