I switched to a healthy eating regimen a few years back; and I still remember how exhilarated I was, as though I had been released from a mind control prison. Energy returned to me, and my eyes and ears that had been dulled were sharper. I was convinced that I had actually been in the captivity of my flesh, and it felt amazing to be free.
Here I sit in that same prison, but it’s worse this time. I’m aware that I’ve been entrapped by the things I routinely put in my mouth. In other words, I know how to get out. So why don’t I?
Television is actually much like food for me in that it’s a mild addiction. I can get caught up in the absolutely time-wasting activity of watching what Stephen King refers to as a “glass teat” in his book On Writing. Every weekday morning I’m watching all the early episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, when Opie was a kindergartener. And I don’t like to miss Columbo on Sunday nights or Monk on Fridays – and there’s more. If you put together all those hours I waste in front of the television, I could have written the book series I dream of by now.
I’m tired of being comfortable with my complacency. I want to be a better example to the little ones, too. Life is so much better when I eat right and have a sense of health and well-being pumping through my body as a result of adequate exercise. I feel like such an idiot, and rightly so. Because what I wish for isn’t some lofty thing out of my reach, like getting to witness to Mel Gibson face-to-face. I simply want to do the very best I can with this life and this body God gave me.
Again I ask: So why don’t I?
It just came to me that focusing on these issues daily in fervent prayer will be the catalyst to turn all of this around. I’ll do it, and I’m pretty excited about unexpectedly receiving this answer from the Lord. And earlier today I had the idea that when I do start exercising, I could pray for friends I know who also need to get in shape for the sake of their health. This makes so much sense. It takes prayer to crucify the flesh and be free of its relentless demands. Duh! It’s a spiritual battle!
And all this time I thought it was about me acting stupid.