Our Birthright…A Healthy Body

Has it really been that long since I’ve written here? CRAZY!  But it’s true.  It’s also a true that it’s always a good time to get restarted again…

I had a spiritual “aha” moment today about nutrition.  As I tucked my kids into bed I told them a Bible story, like I often do.  Tonight I taught them the story of Jacob and Esau.  If you remember, Esau was older and meant to have the birthright from his father, Isaac.  But he did not value it.  And one day, after a long hunting journey, he came home tired and hungry.  Jacob had food ready and Esau wanted it.  He wanted it so much he willingly traded his birthright for it.  In the end, Jacob received and valued the birthright and Esau was angry and bitter, and lost a wonderful gift.

I explained Esau was in the position to receive an eternal blessing, one that would affect generations of his family.  Instead, he valued something else more.  In this moment, he valued food more.  He didn’t see the bigger value of the birthright and what he could do with it, but instead gave in to the Natural Man.

I was having an “I’ll start eating right tomorrow again” night.  I had been planning on having some yummy Costco taquitos after the kids were in bed.  But after remembering this story and really feeling it in my heart I new I didn’t need to do that.  I was full enough and didn’t need to splurge.  I wanted to value the gift I’ve been given.

I don’t want to be like Esau.  I don’t want to give up my birthright, a right to a healthy, happy body to use in this life. My body is a temple.  Would I give up a healthy body for some salty, savory foods?  Would I trade my right to physical and spiritual happiness for a plate of food the Natural Man would tempt me with?  I have before.  I don’t want to anymore.  I’m trying not to.  I’m trying to stay balanced and not give in to eating for comfort or because of boredom.  I’m worth more than that.
It’s not easy, but it is MORE than worth it.  And with the help of the Holy Ghost and trust in my Savior, I can do it.


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