The other night on TV I listened to Pastor Rick Warren from the Saddleback Church. He gives religion “sense.” On thing he talked about was The Daniel Plan whereas he had to baptize all these adults one night and he was worn out after 500 people. He realized he was overweight and this was a hard task to lift adults into the water. In church he brought it up to his congregation of more than 25,000 people. The church created The Daniel Plan and many members lost an amazing amount of weight as a congregation. The power of religion and doing things together. (It reminded me of when our family went on a diet and bought pounds of butter for all the weight we lost so many years ago. Each pound equaled a pound of butter or fat.)
I am thinking about this poster above. We over eat and over indulge in this life because of many reasons. The reasons or causes need to be addressed. I go back to cause and effect. What better way than through the faith of the people who have the same beliefs as you. A group or community can make things happen. We are so influenced by others, our friends, our colleagues, and our family members.
Another thing that stuck me is how much he gives personally so much of himself. Pastor Rick Warren is a real leader. His gifts are amazing. All the books that he has written will blow you away. Each one is exceptional. I have several copies of his books.
He talked about the first amendment to the Constitution and what he believes. Our founding fathers and people came to this country for religious freedom. He totally stands by this by the reason our country was founded.
Rick Warren talked about how how he and his wife knew no one with AIDS. He, his wife and others from their church went to Africa, met all these many people and how they impacted the world. He truly believes helping the poor is the way to REALLY help people.
Here’s what it says about one of his books:
“WHAT IS THE DANIEL PLAN?
The Daniel Plan is a groundbreaking healthy lifestyle program founded on biblical principles and focused on The Essentials: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus and Friends. The program offers an innovative approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle where people get better together by optimizing their health in each of these life areas. Each essential supports and influences the others, offering a practical step-by-step approach for anyone to follow.
The essentials of Faith and Friends are what we call the “secret sauce” that makes The Daniel Plan so effective. The program benefits are accelerated when done in a supportive community of friends because God designed us to thrive in relationships. We have learned that the process of getting healthy and staying healthy relies on the support and encouragement of friends. With the support of God and your group, you have far more than willpower helping you to make positive changes so you can be consistent and sustain your new healthy lifestyle.
The overarching message of The Daniel Plan is about abundance, not deprivation, and this is why the plan is both transformational and sustainable. The Daniel Plan teaches a step-by-step approach and offers simple ways to incorporate healthy choices into your current lifestyle. Throughout the program you are encouraged to rely on God’s power, and the application of dependable biblical principles.
Getting started with The Daniel Plan is easy:
- Create your Create your free health profile
- Read The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life
- Start a small group and get the 6 week study to do together
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31
Now I ask you:
How have you helped your body? Have you tried to help it from disease? We have one life and we can make an impact on ourselves, our families, and our friends.
How have you helped the poor in this city, state, country and world?
Thinking ahead: What legacy and impact will you have left?
Pastor Rick Warren is on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. He is one of many world leaders that will leave a lasting legacy in this world. I think it would be cool to have ” a travel trip to go to these various congregations pf world leaders throughout the world.” Who has planned this trip?