Losing hurts! It is not just a painful, emotional experience, but it also causes mental anguish as the moment of defeat reverberates in your mind repeatedly for days or weeks after the loss. Moreover, our tears are often a physical manifestation of the negative emotional and mental pain brought on by losing.  However, the degree of the distress felt varies from person to person and circumstance to circumstance.

For example, young children often cry, throw temper tantrums, and/or quit in the middle of a game that they are losing due to their immaturity.  In other words, they are still developing the coping skills necessary to deal with failure. On the other hand, older children who play competitive sports learn to practice good sportsmanship in spite of feeling the sting of a loss to another team. Although parents work hard to teach their children how to endure a loss and persevere in spite of it, today’s adults seem to have forgotten how to put into practice the very lessons they are trying to teach their kids.

Specifically, too many adults are setting a poor example for their children in terms of mastering their increasing weight and achieving health and fitness success. Instead of staying the course, they give up in defeat because they do not want to feel the pain of losing another health and fitness battle. When a child sees this, the message is clear. “It’s okay to give up when it comes to losing weight and becoming free of eating disorders.” However, 1 Corinthians 13:7-8 teaches us that love always perseveres, and it never fails.

God is love (1 John 4:8), and we are made in His image (Genesis 1:27), which is why we have the capacity to love. We should express our love for God, first and foremost. Jesus said we prove we love Him by obeying His commands (John 14:21). Accordingly, you are actually expressing your love for your Lord when you eat and drink for His glory in order to honor Him with our bodies which are the temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 and 10:31). Furthermore, you should love your family enough to keep fighting for the long, abundant life you were meant to share with them. Finally, you should love yourself enough to never quit on you! If you can go extra innings for your teammates, be a team player for your employer for months or even years on end, or endure rainy, hot, or frigid temperatures to cheer your favorite team on, you can persevere through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13) until you obtain and maintain health and fitness success.

If you are ready for Christ to become a health and fit winner, purchase your copies of the Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook and the Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher’s Edition online today at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.com.  In the books, you will learn the Biblical principles regarding the body, dieting, exercising, and maintaining a healthy body for the glory of God. Read our weekly blog for motivation to stay healthy and fit through Christ. Follow us daily on Facebook, Threads, LinkedIn, and Pinterest for recipes, and diet and exercise tips.  Tune in to our syndicated radio show on iTunes, Spotify, The Narrative Matters, StudioW Buzz Radio Station, and Victory KVDW 100.9 FM, 95.3 FM, and 1530 AM in Little Rock, Arkansas for interviews and health and fitness trends. Lastly, make your tax-deductible donation to Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries at www.eatingasanactofworshipministries.org!