In Philippians 1, Paul speaks about being torn between two good options: “I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.” On the one hand he would love to go on to heaven to be with the Lord, but on the other hand he knows that he is needed by the Philippian church.
My choices are somewhat different and not near as enticing. As most of you know, several years ago I weighed 223 lbs. and all of the numbers from my blood work were less than stellar. I began exercising (running) and went on a diet similar to The Atkins Diet and lost approximately 50 pounds. Along with taking Zetia (not a statin, it just hinders the absorption of cholesterol into my body) my blood work showed remarkable improvement. At the end of last year I began to add a few carbs back into my diet because I looked like a wrinkly, old man (granted I am old, but I really looked frail) and leveled out around 180. Then, (here you may play whiney self-pitying music in your mind as you read) I was hammered by a kidney stone attack. I decided that I never wanted to experience that again, and after reading that high protein, low carb diets have sometimes been connected to the making of kidney stones, I tried the approach of a more balanced diet. Ta-da! I gained almost ten pounds and my blood work went south significantly.
So now, I am back on my semi-Atkins diet (I have lost about six pounds), and I will try to get back to between 175-180 and try to keep my weight there, and see what the Dr. says (technically, the Nurse Practitioner since normal everyday people don’t see doctors anymore…I am sure President Obama sees a nurse practitioner, too). [Sigh] After that I will be careful when the weight begins to creep up, and see, if that, and my bicycling (after two years of running my knees and Achilles’ heels said, “Enough!”) will keep all of my “numbers” at a good place.
All that being said, I am grateful that the Lord has blessed me with relatively good health, and I can say along with Zacharius Ursinus, the principal writer of the Heidelberg Catechism:
What is your only comfort
in life and in death?
That I am not my own,
but belong-body and soul,
in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.
He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood,
and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.
He also watches over me in such a way
that not a hair can fall from my head
without the will of my Father in heaven;
in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.
Because I belong to him,
Christ, by his Holy Spirit,
assures me of eternal life
and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready
from now on to live for him.