They're trying
October 25 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

They're trying | Friday, Oct. 25, 2002

Friday, Oct. 25, 2002

They're trying

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

In a recent article, I noted that the medical insurance industry considers minister types to be bad risks, and that being overweight is one of the most common risk factors. At least one reader thought I was meddling, but I think it's a matter of facing facts - and very important facts they are.

I noted my own intention to shed a dozen pounds by the end of the year, and challenged readers to "go out on a limb" with me by choosing to get healthier and adding an element of accountability by going public with their goals. It was fit to be tried, I suggested.

I'm halfway to my goal, and delighted to report that a number of readers reported goals of their own. We heard from lay people, ministers and denominational officials.

These include Tom Allen of Southern Pines, who plans to lose 15 pounds, Nadine Ashe of Horse Shoe (15 lbs.), Michael C. Blackwell of Thomasville (10 lbs.), Robert Dixon of Greensboro (20 lbs.), James Garrison of Arden (20 lbs.), John Hatcher of Cary (12 lbs.), Joy Heaton of Enfeld (20 lbs.), Audra Holland of Fuquay-Varina (15 lbs.), Jim Johnson of Fayetteville (20 lbs.), Race Lariscy of Wrens, Ga. (20 lbs.), Phillips McRae of Marshville (15 lbs.), Gene Miller of Pink Hill (35 lbs.), and Hank Smith of Cary (11 lbs.).

Although it's possible to take anything to an idolatrous extreme, for most of us losing weight or improving our physical health is not about worshipping our bodies, but about being good stewards of the "earthen vessel" God has given us to use in serving Him.

When we have better health, we naturally have more energy and a more positive attitude, which can lead to a more effective witness as we serve the Lord in various ways.

If you know any of the folks listed above, offer them a word of encouragement or support - just don't offer them any doughnuts.

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