Think a Minute:
Most of my family and friends know that I struggle with keeping my body healthy with my eating habits. My dream is to be about 50-60 pounds lighter. It will lower my blood pressure, put less pressure on my back and make sure my heart stays healthy. I am learning that the way I take care of my body is vital to my true success. However, like many people, who are devoted to God in every other part of my life, sometimes I believe my body is my own private domain and I can do whatever I want with it. But, my friends, God doesn’t see it that way. The following are some thoughts from Stormy Omartian’s book: “The Power of a Praying Life.”
The Apostle Paul majestically tells us in his first letter to the Corinthian church: “Do you know know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” I Corinthians 3:16). This is serious! As believers, we are temples of God! How about joining me on my journey? Let’s take care of our temples! Here are some suggestions:
1. Think of your body as the foundation of your life. Present your body to the Lord each day for His glory.
2. Seek the Lord to show you where you need to have balance in your life. Do you work too hard and don’t get enough rest? Do you live life in the fast lane and don’t take time to pray each day? Do you allow yourself to be overweight without considering the consequences? (Ouch, that one hurts!).
3. Ask God to show you if stress is affecting you negatively. Remember, only God is perfect. We can only do what we can doe, and then we have to let it go at that. Put your battles into His Hands.
4. Eat right and strengthen your body (Ouch again…). Watch what you eat. If you eat badly, your body will break down…eventually. Ask God to show you what you can do to make changes in your eating habits that will facilitate healing.
5. Get your rest! Deep, restful sleep is important if you want to have good health.
6. Get regular exercise. Need I say anymore about this? 🙂
7. Take a Sabbath day each week. Even God took a day of rest for Himself and it is His desire that we do the same. One day a week, to the best of your ability, don’t work, don’t worry about your bills, or think about what needs cleaning or fixing. Don’t worry about your obligations. Spend that day with the Lord. Spend time at church with your family. Take a nap, or eat a meal with friends. Take a break from your schedule and do what you enjoy doing.
Follow these principles and God will refresh you! Amen and amen!
Pastor Rob Pesola