True Value

I had another one of those “Aha” moments this week. And I really feel like God imparted some wisdom to me that I wanted to share. It’s so simple and yet so profound. If we could all “get this” it would truly change our lives.

What you value…you treat differently.”

Think about these two scenarios. In one, you go to a fine restaurant. Your surroundings are immaculate and beautifully decorated. The lighting is soft and perfect. Someone lays a fine linen napkin in your lap and places shiny sterling silverware in front of you. As much as being there for a meal, you truly have an experience.

Contrast that with the feeling you get when you receive your food wrapped in paper, thrown in a sack and handed to you through a window.

In the first scenario your expectations are higher and the experience is better. There’s a level of respect and admiration that goes with something that is well taken care of and well executed.

The same can be said for our body.

When we realize what a gift from God our body is, how miraculous it is, and how truly valuable we are we will treat it differently because there’s a level of respect and admiration that accompanies something that is well taken care of.

Starting off this new year, so many people are concerned with diet and exercise. Taking care of yourself is probably a commitment most people make when the new year rolls around. But it’s kind of like when you get a new car.

With a new vehicle, you are so proud of it that it takes a high place on your list of priorities. In fact, you probably wash it every weekend. You condition the leather seats. You keep the interior vacuumed and immaculate. No one is allowed to eat in your new car. And you put the best, high-octane gasoline in it. It must be kept pristine. After all, it’s your new car. It’s important!

But then as time goes by you get busy. And the newness and the sense of priority for the car kind of dwindles. You still like it and it still gets you where you need to go. But the precision with which you used to care for it diminishes somewhat. Not only do you care a little less about the washing and waxing, but there may even be some crumbs in the seats from the kids snacking in the back.

I think it’s normal to have those tendencies, but we’ve got to do better with our bodies than we do with our cars. We may have several automobiles throughout our lifetime, but we only get one body. And we must take impeccable care of it and, in fact, “use better fuel” to keep it going. Just like you can’t let your car sit idly for months on end in the garage and not expect some corrosion; you can’t neglect your body and expect it to perform at its optimal capacity either.

I’ve had so many people ask for my tips for diet and exercise and how to change their lives in the new year. My simple response is this: In 2010 don’t let it simply be about calories in and calories out. Let it be about learning your true value. Because once we grasp that concept everything else will be in perspective and change—for the better—is inevitable.

Remember, what you value—you treat differently.

About Julie Hadden

I'm Julie Hadden and for the past few years I've been on quite journey. My experience on Season 4 of "The Biggest Loser" resulted in a total transfomation in my life. What started out being about what I could "lose" turned more into what I "gained." God revealed great truths to me about the infinite WORTH we all possess in His eyes and I'm passionate about sharing what I learned through this process. View all posts by Julie Hadden

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