I love my mommy. My mom has taught me so much about exercise and food, more than any other woman in my life. My mom is a wise woman. . . She truly reflects the wisdom that Solomon asked of God in 1 Kings 3:6-9, ‘And Solomon said: “You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. 7 Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. 9 Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”
My mom has taught me 5 really wise lessons about exercise and food. If I had really looked at and watched her example instead of trying to immerse myself in diet culture, I would have walked a far different road. Yet I think the Lord wanted me to go down that road to realize just how wise and balanced my mommy is about these issues.
What are the lessons she taught me?
#1) Food is about freedom. God has given us freedom to enjoy different foods, and I shouldn’t be judging one food as ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ –
Romans 14:3 says, ‘Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him’
#2) Outward Beauty isn’t what I should be seeking after primarily. – Proverbs 31:30 says, ‘Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.’ My mom loves to wear pretty dresses and makeup, but she isn’t obsessive about it. She has days without makeup, and I think she looks just as BEAUTIFUL! She doesn’t pressure or even say that we girls should wear makeup or that we have to wear jewelry. She encourages us to express our individual personalities as God so marvelously made each one of us.
#3) Stop seeking other people’s approval. Live for God’s approval alone. Remember that you can only be approved by God because of Christ Jesus dying for your sin. – Galatians 1:10 says, ‘For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.’ My mom is not fishing for other’s approval with her ‘activity’ routine or the way she eats. I daily see her wanting to love the Lord and thank the Lord for what she eats instead of trying to fit into a ‘diet box.’
#4) Do Everything as unto the Lord. – You will find so much satisfaction and joy in serving the Lord and following Jesus. Die to your selfish desires and live for what God has for you as His child in Christ.
Matthew 16:24-26, ‘Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. 28 “Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”’
#5) Live every moment with zest and energy. Fear God. Remember that He loves you with an everlasting love no matter what size you are. And don’t live with the regrets. You are forgiven. You are His own. – My mom loves to try hard, and she is also really good at vacationing and resting. She loves to clean and cook, and when we work out together she is 100% there. She tries harder than I do, but she also knows how to enjoy a good meal, sit on the couch and have a good discussion, pray with others, cry with others, go on a quiet walk, and just enjoy serving the Lord and rejoicing in His love.
1 Corinthians 10:31, ‘Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.’
‘Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man’s all.
For God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil.’ (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)
”Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.’ (1 John 4:10-12)
Thank you mommy for teaching me about the love of God and the grace of God in Christ. Thank you for teaching me that I can’t love God without Him first loving me. Thank you mommy for showing me by your example how to love and sympathize with others.
Thank you to my mommy for giving me an appreciation for good food, for cooking for others, for baking delicious treats, and enjoying them with family.
What has your mommy taught you about life, exercise, food?
What do you appreciate about your mommy?