August 1, 2011
Read: Matthew 26
“The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” --Matthew 26:41
I spent the better portion of the weekend reading my good friend Jeff O’Connell’s new book, “Sugar Nation.” It’s an incredible read that looks deep into America’s invisible epidemic: Type II diabetes. Jeff, who’s dad died of the disease, takes you on an eye-opening journey, and what he discovers along the way is unbelievable.
But one of America’s deadliest diseases didn’t reach his brilliant pen until it touched his brittle heart. And as I’m learning, the truth isn’t bitter until it reaches the tongue and it doesn’t walk until it moves your feet. In Jeff’s case, both happened.
Friends, because our hearts are most important, it’s time we view our health through its eyes. Yes, God designed our bodies to give out eventually, but it doesn’t mean we have to give in easily. If our hearts could talk, what would they say about our effort to keep them beating? (Oh, I know the question is borderline silly, but try not to brush over it too quickly.) Simply put, whether you’re 17 or 70, we have a lot to do for the Lord. And if you’re reading this sentence, your brave heart is still willing. God forbid we have to stop because the body is weak.
Excerpt from “Sugar Nation” by Jeff O’Connell
“Whether I was sitting in an exam room with my doctor, visiting the largest diabetes conferences in the world, reading journal articles or interviewing experts at major universities, I kept coming back to the same realization over and over again. To avoid a long and torturous demise at the hands of diabetes, I’d have to hit the road to figure out this thing on my own. You shouldn’t have to do that.”