Our theme for this month: “Take care of your body”
Our Bible verse for today: “For it was you who created my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise you because I have been remarkably and wondrously made.” Psalm 139:13-14 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Your body is a gift from God, so take good care of it.”
I love the way Psalm 139:13-14 describes God lovingly forming our body in our mother’s womb. It’s a picture of gentle and patient craftsmanship as He makes the body He wants you to have.
As a human being you are a complex combination of spiritual and physical. You are a spirit which inhabits a physical body. But more than that, your spirit is intricately connected to and a part of your body. The body is more than just a shell that contains the spirit. The two are interwoven and combine to form the unique person you are. Also part of that complex construction, along with your spirit and body, are your mind, will, and emotions. All of this – spirit, body, mind, will, and emotions, all come together to form the unique individual known as “you”.
And not only are the spirit, body, mind, will, and emotions intricately interwoven and connected, but they all interact with and impact each other. For instance, if your mental health is bad, it will hurt you spiritually, emotionally, and physically as well. So too your spiritual health will impact ever other area of your life.
Likewise with your physical health. If you are physically unhealthy it will impact how you think, how you feel, and how you perform in life. Unfortunately, many Christians are not doing a very good job of taking care of themselves physically. Lifestyle diseases are quickly becoming an epidemic in our society. Obesity is now the norm rather than the exception. Heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type-two diabetes are almost entirely lifestyle related medical conditions that can be prevented and/or controlled by means of good diet and exercise.
As we begin this New Year we’re going to spend the month considering why it is so important to take proper care of our physical body, and we will discuss many ways in which we can do so. This is true no matter how old you are and no matter what your health condition is. There are always things we can do to take better care of ourselves.
Your body is a gift to you from God. He lovingly created it and He wants you to take proper care of it. I look forward to exploring this important subject with you in greater detail throughout the month.