God Wants You to Lose Weight
Pastor Rick Warren, the author of the "Purpose Driven Life" books, has a new purpose. He wants you to lose weight. You can watch his interview at
Pastor Warren realized he was overweight and out of shape and decided he needed to lose 90 pounds. So far, he has lost 50. He has also inspired his congregation to join him. So far, more than 15,000 have responded. Together, they have lost nearly 270,000 pounds using a combination of prayer, exercise and what Pastor Warren calls the Daniel Plan.
I will admit that I am 20 pounds over my athletic weight of 185. I have beensaying that I should get back to that weight for years. My record is abysmal. On the other hand, I'm not doing bad for a 66-year-old man. I don't hang out in bars. I don't abuse drugs. And my weight has stayed constant for the last 20 years. I have outlived many of the people I used to work with. I must be doing something right.
As ministers, we have God's work to do. We need to be physically, mentally and
emotionally fit to carry out His plan for us. Besides, I hate hospitals. I can think of better places to spend my time.