God’s will is not for us to be “Fat, sick and nearly dead,” which is the title of the video created by Joe Cross. The phrase describes his life. Until he decided to change and begin again. www.fatsickandnearlydead.com .

He asserts that most Americans spend the first 40 years of their life getting sick—poor eating habits, toxic intake and lack of exercise. And then they spend the other 40 years trying to get healthy with meds (I paraphrased).

When I heard his assertion I got a little uncomfortable. I fit right in that category. Perhaps not physically, but definitely spiritually.

Contrary to God’s will, I spent the first 35 years spiritually fat with pride—believing I was in control. I embraced dreams and foolishly believed I possessed everything needed to make them reality. And with subtle arrogance, I crafted the plan to reach the top.

But secretly, I was sick with worry that I would fail.

Not only that, but reciting memorized prayers and following religious rituals, spiritually, I was nearly dead.

But all changed when adversity invaded my life. And like Joe Cross, I decided to change my eating habits. With diligent resolve, I developed a hunger for the pure, organic Word of God. And a healthy desire to seek His will put a spark in my life.

In this new path, I learned that God, Himself commands this regimen. And no need to figure out because the apostle Paul gives the first three steps:

1. Treat our bodies in a way that pleases God. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.” (Romans 12:1)

2. Change our thinking and reject the world’s ways—toxins of pride that damage the soul and the junk food of worry and fear that steals our spiritual health. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2a)

3. "Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:12b)

Father, how grateful I am for the health you brought back to my spirit. May the transformation of my mind resist the temptation to conform to the world. In Jesus’s name, amen.

What spiritual diet are you following lately?

• What toxins within you are preventing from knowing God’s
will for your life?

• What changes do you have to make to live in God’s perfect will?

Janet P. Eckles