Although spiritual health is the most important, our physical health is also tied into how we live out our spiritual lives, “For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8
Taking care of your body is not just about being fat or fit. Our culture in the United States has a major obsession with looking good and eating junk. Taking good care of your body is not about looking good; rather it is making choices that will fuel yourself for optimum energy in everyday life including relationships, work, and anything else.
Let’s say I bought a brand new car. I am going to do my best to take care of this car as I have paid a premium value for this vehicle. I will wash it regularly. I will take it in for regular oil changes and routine care. I will fuel it with high grade gas. I may even park it near the back of parking lots away from other cars to avoid potential dings from other people parking carelessly. Yet this car may last me ten to fifteen years at most and then it will start to fade out with performance and dependability. As humans made in the image of God, our bodies are the vehicles which God has given us to live in on earth. Our body is so much more valuable than a brand new car, yet how often do we neglect the care of our health?
God has given us the gift of life and health in our physical bodies- how do you stewart your body? Do you exercise? Do you intentionally include physical activity in your week to week schedule? Does your diet include healthy foods? Do you drink enough water? Do you get enough sleep or rest?….or are you too busy getting stuff done for God’s Kingdom? How you take care of your physical body can directly affect the Kingdom work that God has called you to invest in. To the extent you take care of your body will indicate to some degree the longevity of your earthly life. It will also dictate the quality of life- how much energy you have, alertness of the mind, etc..
Our body is the temple of Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19-20) “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
How would you rate your physical health on a scale of 1-10? How does your doctor rate your health? There is always room for improvements, but if you feel you have a lot of room to improve your physical health, what is stopping you from doing so?
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