On the other hand, I have more than enough reason to keep myself healthy when I hear what my doctor has to say about hypertension and diabetes (just to name two).
A few years ago I was suffering with a lot of abdominal pain and took the advice of a nutritionist to cut out sugar, gluten and dairy from my diet. After about 30 days I no longer had the pain and had started to lose weight. I also benefited in a number of other ways related to my attitude, ability to think clearly and energy levels. The point is, pain drove me to change.
Spiritually, I’ve been thinking about a verse in Hebrews that talks about laying aside the weight and sin that keeps us from running the race before us. Some of the chronic issues I live with and tolerate in myself just have to go. I’m motivated to be free enough to live a life worth living and pleasing to my Father. (This would include exercise and eating right by the way).
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.