“I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”
1 Corinthians 9:27 nasb
[A continuation of "Seeking a life in Proper Order"]
According to the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a guilty pleasure is “something pleasurable that induces a usually minor feeling of guilt."
Wikipedia concurs but adds, “The ‘guilt’ involved is sometimes simply fear of others discovering one’s lowbrow or otherwise embarrassing tastes. Fashion, video games, music, movies, and junk food can be examples of guilty pleasures.”
It’s not sinful, bad for me, or in anyway embarrassing. No one judges me for doing it. Why do I feel guilty for it?
Answer: It takes time away from me doing something like a duty or chore. The guilt comes from the lies of Satan convincing me the time it takes to walk is time away from something beneficial to others—as if anything beneficial to me is sinful.
When I walk, I think, pray, or plan. I enjoy the fresh air, the view, and listening to the birds’ songs. This morning I saw a doe and her fawn. Walking relieves tension. It increases the endorphins—the anti-stress, feel-good hormones—which reduce my depression. It strengthens and enables my body to serve the Lord. And, the more frequently I walk, the less I want to eat.
It is not a waste of thirty minutes or an hour. It fulfills a need in me.
So, today, I’ve decided to prohibit guilty thoughts for walking.
Would you like to walk with me? I know we can’t literally walk side-by-side, but I’m thinking about starting a walking club. Would you join? We could set personal weekly or monthly goals for miles or minutes, and then share them with one another as an encouragement.
Leave a comment if you’d like to join me on that walk.
[Now, about those guilty pleasures; I do have some I’d rather not share with you. They are bad habits and time wasters which I’d rather no one knew about.]