God only issues us each one body for this life. He expects us to take good care of it. We would all do well to spend less time complaining about the way we’ve been made and more time figuring out how to care for and maintain what he has already given us.
Our bodies are a precious gift and a fading treasure. We often don’t realize that truth or even think about it until our bodies quit working the way they were designed to. Thank God every day for whatever amount of health you do have, even if it seems small to you.
I read an amazing story once about a woman who did just that. She was so sick that all she could do was lay in bed and wiggle her finger. So she thanked God for the ability to wiggle her finger. Over time, her health continued to improve and she continued to praise Him for it. She gradually got better and better. (I have been unable to find this story to cite it here. If anyone has a lead, please let me know!)[tweetthis]Thank God every day for whatever amount of health you do have, even if it seems small to you.[/tweetthis]
It is important that we keep our bodies in good working order as much as we are able to influence it. Obviously, there are many health-related issues that are beyond our ability to control. But there are just as many areas of our health that we can improve and strengthen.
Every body’s body will eventually wear out and run down. These bodies we now possess are not intended to serve us indefinitely. They are meant to be temporary. God has new bodies in store for us that will be perfect in every way for all time, but we aren’t there yet (2 Cor 5:1-4). Until then, let’s commit to keeping ourselves strong enough to be used for His glory in any way He may call us to serve; that we may live to bring Him glory.
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NLT)
Each week, we will focus on improving a different area of our health. A bunch of small steps carried out consistently over time add up to big changes and a stronger you. We are going to break it all down into bite-sized doable actions. It won’t be overwhelming or seem unattainable. This is Health and Fitness 101 for too-busy, stretched-thin, over-worked mommas from one who is one herself.
Next week we’re going concentrate on being deliberate about how we nourish our bodies.
Week Two: Nourish Deliberately
Part 1: 6 Easy Principles of Healthy Eating, #1-3
Elizabeth is a military spouse, veteran, and mother of eight. Above and beyond caring for her family, her mission is to offer words that sustain the weary and equip people to live a life of faith filled with purpose.
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