Sunday 28 October 2012
It’s no secret that I like food. I enjoy eating and I love cooking, doing a bit of catering ‘on the side’. However, years of eating a bit too much took their toll. Many people have kindly commented recently that I’ve lost weight. I have: 18 kilos – that’s nearly 3 stones in old money. It took determination and a strict weight loss regime consisting of a list of foodstuffs that I was allowed. If it wasn’t on the list, I wasn’t allowed it and I didn’t have it. There was no counting of calories but it needed me to be rather obsessive in sticking just to that list.
That it started with a list of Dos and Don’ts made it very easy to follow. After the weight loss comes the tricky part – slowly reintroducing normal eating and learning afresh (or possibly for the first time) how to eat with balance. Balanced eating and exercise – therein lies the challenge.
Feeding and exercise – two essentials for our lives of faith. The Bible provides a rich diet on which to feed – both in the sections that we barely know but also by discovering new depths in those passages that we consider very familiar. Jesus when tempted in the wilderness quoted “One does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”. We are invited to feed on the fullness of Scripture.
Here at St Martin’s we are offered a rich diet of preaching, education events, Living the Questions and a meditation group among a variety of other things. We have plenty of opportunities for exercise too – in worship, prayer, service and fellowship.
The lifelong challenge of faith is to learn to take spiritual food and exercise so that we grow in strength to run the particular race set before each one of us. The good news is taking plenty of both brings stature but not obesity!