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Going to the Extreme
I went to my doctor’s the other day because I have terrible pain in my left foot. My doctor determined I had plantar fasciitis. Pretty common, but the more we talked, the more we realized it probably came from walking around my house.
Trying to lose weight because of a tendon issue in my right leg, I bought a watch that tells how many steps I’ve taken. My goal has been 10,000 per day. Unfortunately, I don’t usually hit it until I walk around my house quite a few times. And my house is covered in hardwood flooring. Apparently, that is one of the worst things to walk on, especially barefoot, because it’s hard on your feet—hence the hard in hardwood.
That makes sense if you think about it.
As Christians, we are to do all things in moderation. If I’d put some thought into it, and realized I was overdoing the walking, I wouldn’t be heading to the podiatrist at the end of the month.
The choicest pleasures of life lie within the ring of moderation – Benjamin Disraeli, British politician in the 1800’s
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 tells us Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. Going overboard on anything can cause issues. Think about the overeater, always having their meal supersized because it’s a good deal. It’s highly unhealthy to purchase that meal every week. Once a month, maybe not so much.
We need to focus on things we’re doing and be aware when we are going to the extreme. God doesn’t want us to harm our bodies just to lose weight, or even to bring joy to Him. It’s all about moderation over excess.
By the way, the walking thing didn’t really work, so I decided upon an indoor bike. Easier on my legs and my feet. I just need to watch what I’m doing and use some common sense. Hopefully, in time, I can stop walking like Frankenstein.
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