So, let’s talk about Noah.
While everyone on earth is being completely terrible and making God regret he had ever created them, Noah is living a righteous life.
I’m sure this alone took a lot of courage. Ever been in a good mood and then you go somewhere where everyone is feeling the exact opposite? It’s pretty hard to keep your good mood when everyone is bringing you down.
Noah managed to defy the norm and live a righteous life. I’ll bet he wasn’t exactly a popular guy. No one likes a debbie-downer-goodie-2-shoes hanging around when they’re trying to have fun.
One day God says to Noah,
“Hey, everyone here is terrible, I’m going to flood this place and start over…but I like you so, why don’t you build a giant boat to save your family and a bunch of animals.” (Genesis 6:13-21)
I paraphrase, of course…
Well, He’s Crazy
So now, not only is Noah the town weirdo because he doesn’t live his life like everyone else, but God wants him to build a giant boat. Could you imagine what people would say if this happened today?
Everyone would think Noah was crazy. Maybe he would get some people to follow him, but of course those people would be labeled nutso too. I’m sure there would be some sort of news story with a smug anchor behind the desk saying,
“Well, looks like we better renew our flood insurance! Thanks Cynthia, and now for the weather…how ‘bout it Will, is there a storm coming?”
You know no one is going to willingly befriend the weirdo building the giant boat.
And let’s not overlook the fact that this baby wasn’t built overnight. It takes time to build a giant boat capable of housing a crapload of animals, a couple of families, and food for both. A lot of people believe the timespan between God telling Noah about the flood to the actual flood was 120 years. That’s 120 years of Noah building and preparing for a flood while everyone else around him is whooping it up, being heathens.
But guess what? He was right. The flood came and everyone died, except for whomever was on the ark.
Yeah, Yeah, we know all about this story. This is bible 101. What’s the point?
You’re Gonna Have To Be “That Guy”
Lately it seems like there are a lot of things trying to wipe out the human race. Cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc. But everyone keeps going on and living their lives the same. Every once in a while, someone decides they want to go on a “diet” but it lasts for a little while and then things go back to the way they were for various reasons, one major one being that everyone around them is stuffing their faces with pizza and candy and it’s hard to be THAT person who decides they don’t want to join in.
Why was Noah chosen to essentially save the human race (and i suppose a bunch of animals)?
- Noah had the strength to make the right choices
- Noah had the courage to live differently than everyone around him
Let’s become more like Noah when it comes to our health. Do you think God wants us to be eating a bunch of junk that makes us feel terrible, look terrible, and eventually die earlier that we would otherwise? I don’t think so.
You might not have the strength to make the right choices when it comes to your diet, but guess who does? Yup, God. When you’re at work and someone brings in cake and you’re DYING for a piece, ask God to give you the strength to say no. Once you do it, it will be even easier the next time. When the lady offering you the cake looks at you like you’re nuts for turning it down and says,
“what?! but it’s cake…just have a piece.”
Have the courage to say,
“No thanks, I’m not really hungry.” (or if you’re feeling really gutsy, “no thanks, I’m trying to eat more healthily.”)
and if you don’t feel like you have the courage for that, well I’m sure God can help you there too.
If You Build It, They Will Come
God tells Noah to build an ark. Does he leave it at that? Nope. He tells him exactly what to make it out of and how to make it. (Genesis 6:14-16) He practically gave Noah the blueprints and said, “here…this is how you do it.”
Noah gets his blueprint and builds the ark and it’s done the next day. The end. Right?
If you were paying attention at the beginning of this post, you know that’s not true. (If you weren’t, keep up!)
Like I said earlier, it’s believed that the time between God telling Noah to build the ark and the actual flood was about 120 years. Now, that’s debatable and we can’t know for sure and we can’t know if he was actually building the entire ark the whole time but you better believe a boat big enough to fit all those people, animals, and supplies was not built in a day. Noah must have taken the time to make sure everything was exactly as God had specified. If not, that boat’s going down and no one’s gonna survive. No one wants that.
So, when tackling the task of building the ark…
- Noah had a blueprint
- Noah took his time making sure everything was done correctly
When it comes to “being healthy” you need to have a plan. Maybe you’ll start with eating breakfast every day since normally you just skip it. Then, once you’ve gotten that down, you can focus on what you’re actually eating for breakfast.
Let’s Talk Specifics
We discussed this a bit in my post on Lent. You need to decide what your ark (goal) is specifically and then come up with steps to get there. Don’t just say you want to be “healthy” that’s so broad, you’ll never achieve it. Start with a goal like cutting out all processed foods by the end of the year. If that’s too much for you, maybe give yourself a goal of not drinking your calories (juice, pop, etc.) and then come up with steps to get there.
You don’t have to do it all at once. If, for example, your goal was to cut out processed foods, you could start by cutting out one processed food (might I suggest bread?) and then once you’ve got that down, go from there.
Take your time and define your goals.
If you slip up, just remember…the ark wasn’t built overnight. A couple slip ups here and there are no reason to give up. A flood is coming and you need your ark to be ready. Take small steps everyday to build your ark and eventually you’ll realize it’s closer to completion than you ever expected.
My first step toward building my ark will be giving up gum. I love gum, I used to chew at least six pieces a day. I’ve been reading a lot about why it’s not necessarily the best thing for you, so I want to kick the habit.
What about you? What’s your ark and what steps are you taking to get there? Let me know in the comments!
Not a Christian? Yep…still applicable! If you want your body to be healthy, you have to have the strength to make the right choices when it comes to food. Just remember that with every decision you make when it comes to food, you’re strengthening your body. Have the courage to be THAT person who eats healthily. Define your goals and then define small steps to get there and you’ll eventually achieve it.