Over the past several months, I have started living a little healthier in order to lose some weight and get some health issues under control.  Recently, in an effort of accountability, a friend and I have started sharing our health activities on the MyFitnessPal app for iPhone.  We can each see everything that the other person has eaten, what kind of exercise he has completed, and how many calories he has accumulated.  It’s a pretty good way to keep yourself in check as you know that another person can see everything that you do.

At the end of each day, the app will tell you how your weight will change if you continue the same level of activity that you completed that day.  A few days ago, my friend was the perfect combination of disciplined and busy.  After subtracting his burned calories from his intake calories, he ended up at less than 900 for the day. 

In case you are not aware of that that means, allow me to give you some perspective.  The average person is supposed to get about 2,000 calories per day.  For those of you that may be math-challenged, he took in less than half of the recommended daily calories for an average-sized person (he is well above average height).  Instead of giving him an anticipated weight change based on that day, the MyFitnessPal app told him that his body was in danger of entering “starvation mode.”

Apparently, there comes a point, when the human body is not taking in enough energy, that it actually changes its settings.  Instead of using energy normally, “starvation mode” allows the body to use minimal energy in every movement so that all other energy can be stored for later.  The body takes in every little bit of energy that it can and stores it as if it cherishes it.  It takes nothing for granted and utilizes every movement with maximum efficiency.

What if we could utilize the Holy Spirit like our body uses energy in starvation mode?  What if we could soak in God’s word like our fat-storing bodies soak in calories?  What if we could experience Christ every day as if we were starving for Him?

If we were able to get anywhere close to that, through us, He would change the world.  There is no way around it.  I pray that, someday, we will be ready for that kind of dedication to our Savior.  If we could only find a way to change our spiritual settings.




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