Are you too old to eat healthy? One woman said, “I don’t have long at my age, so why not enjoy what’s left?” That made me feel sad for her because if the only enjoyment we are getting out of life is eating, then we need to re-examine our lives.
As I look back over my life, though, there were at least 30 years when food was my main enjoyment. Going out to eat was entertainment. Fixing a big dinner and having my family and friends over was how we had a good time. Fixing a special dessert was something fun to do.
However, overeating was a very destructive type of entertainment for me. I began to not enjoy it because I couldn’t seem to say no to foods made with sugar and flour. Even bread and hot rolls were things I couldn’t stop eating.
I thought I was enjoying the food but I got to the point where eating excessive amounts of my favorites garnered me a death sentence. When I was 46 the doctor told me I would be dead in five years if I didn’t lose at least 100 pounds and keep it off.
It was the first time I realized that I played a role in my own life expectancy. That day I realized I needed to do something about my weight. I did lose 100 pounds by dieting once again. The doctor had scared me good enough that I worked at keeping it off.
I didn’t go hog-wild with eating after I lost the weight the doctor told me to lose but. I did slowly start eating more and more things and within three years I was back up to where I was. If you’re keeping track of my age, that would put me at year 49.
Those Difficult Nines
I have always hated the years ending in nines because it marks the end of a decade. Nineteen was super hard for me because I was leaving my teens. Each year ending in nine brought new challenges.
The years since 59, though, have been some of the best years of my life. That’s because I finally listened to God and let Him help me lose over 250 pounds and keep it off.
Even though I was older when I did it, my weight loss, writing books, coaching, speaking and podcasting have taken me places that I would have never dreamed of when I was 19.
Older Should Mean Wiser
Now at 69, I realize getting older should mean we are getting wiser. Sure, it would have been great if I hadn’t gained so much weight but if I had never gained the weight, I would have never realized how I needed to totally surrender to God.
I would have never walked through one of the hardest times in my life and I would never be able to help those who are where I once was.
It’s such a privilege to have lived long enough that when I look back on my life, I can see how God led me. He was working in my life for good to happen and for His design for me to be fulfilled, no matter what I did to try to stop it.
Woven Together for Good
It’s Romans 8:28 TPT in action. “We are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together for good, for we are His lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose.”
These days I get to spend my time in Overcomers Academy coaching women on how to work with God to transform their lifestyles, lose weight and live healthy. Many days I feel like I am living in a dream world. I love the life I am living.
One great thing about getting older is the value of the wisdom that comes with age. I’m sorry, but it is just not wise to say that eating whatever you want and not paying attention to your health is a wise thing when you get older.
Make Health A Priority
It’s up to us, no matter what age we are, to make our health a priority. If we want to know if that is true or not, we need only ask God. He promises to give us wisdom if we ask. James 1:5 NLT tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
God is always watching what we are doing. We don’t get a pass to overindulge in our selfish desires just because we’ve lived a little longer. If anything we are required to be role models to others.
Psalm 33:13-15 TPT says, “The Lord looks over us from where He rules in heaven. Gazing into every heart from his lofty dwelling place, He observes all the peoples of the earth. The Creator of our hearts considers and examines everything we do.” He’s not watching so that He can chastise us. He is watching so that He can strengthen us, empower us, and anoint us.
Trusting God Is Wise
It’s wisdom to trust God. Our opinions can easily be swayed, but if we know better, we will do better. Proverbs 3:5-7 TPT says, “Trust in the Lord completely and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on Him to guide you, and He will lead you in every decision you make.
“Don’t think for a moment that you know it all, for wisdom comes when you adore Him with undivided devotion and avoid everything that’s wrong.”
Getting older is not that bad when wisdom comes with it. I’ve lived long enough that I am absolutely sure that the next greatest thing God has in store for me and you is just around the corner. I can’t wait to see what that is.
For more on this topic, check out episode 148 of Sweet Grace for Your Journey podcast, “Too Old to Eat Healthy.”