This post of Alisa Keeton’s new book, The Wellness Revelation – Lose What Weighs You Down So You Can Love God, Yourself and Others, is a review of Week 3, Live Out His Purpose for You.
In short, this chapter of the book reinforces that our life purpose as a Christian to glorify God by our life – in our play, at work, in our relationships and even in how we care for our bodies. It also provides guidelines for eating well to fuel our body.
Excerpts from the Week 3 Chapter
As a church, we have an obligation and a great opportunity to be the change. “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7). We are called to live for a higher purpose, which calls us to higher accountability and self-discipline. If others see us living in poor health and disease while filling ourselves with things that don’t help but hurt our health, what are we really saying about our God of power and love?
In response to His love, we desire to follow Him. Our obedience is a natural overflow of our love for God. …… The more you love Him, the more naturally obedience will come. So the root to obedience – doing whatever God asks in order to live in agreement with His purposes – is love.
While many fad diets promote ever-changing direction on how to eat, The Wellness Revelation is not about restricting you by telling you specifically what or how much to eat. The key is this: I will ask you to stay conscious of what food does for you and how it makes you feel. The types of food we eat definitely affect how we feel and, in turn, how we do our work. They give us either sustaining fuel (high octane) or draining fuel ( low octane).
When we choose wisely, the food we consume will reflect our call to live into Christ’s higher purposes for us.
This week we will be focusing on retraining our taste buds. I would like to ask you to prayerfully consider taking a rest not from all food but from certain kinds of foods – white sugar, enriched flour, high-fructose corn syrup, and/or alcohol. You do not have to remove all of these at once. Try to chose the one(s) that God is calling to your attention now. God never despises small steps.
This is not a diet book. In this chapter Alisa informs her readers about food choices that are unhealthy and about those that are healthy. She provides a helpful ‘food suggestion list’ to select from during this ‘detox’ phase of her eating plan. She also provides a short list of foods to fast from.
What makes her approach different than most others is that she encourages the reader to include God in their choices. And she invites the readers to make their choices from a position of their love for God, not from a ‘rules’ perspective. There is a big difference!
And Alisa reminds us that we do not have to make these healthy eating choices in our own strength.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
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