Our theme for this month: “Take care of your body”
Our Bible verse for today: “Dear friend, I pray that you are prospering in every way and are in good health, just as your whole life is going well.” 3 John 1:2
Our thought for today: “Work to achieve a good balance in your life.”
So far in this series we have considered at length why we must take good care of the body the Lord has given us. It is a gift from Him and it is to be used in His service. Also, your body is the temple of God’s Holy Spirit and it must therefore be treated as such. And also, the healthier you are the better your overall quality of life will be.
We have also considered the truth that God created each of us as a complex being that consists of body, spirit, mind, and emotions and that all of those parts of us are interconnected and each impacts the other. Therefore it’s important to care for the whole person, and doing that will require a life that is balanced in all of those important areas.
But often we pay too much attention to one area, and not enough to another. Some people put a lot of time and effort into keeping their physical body fit and healthy, but they don’t pray, read their Bible, or come to church very often. Other people are disciplined in their spiritual life but pay little attention to what they eat and they get no exercise. Some people make little effort to care for themselves at all, physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually, and their lives are really a mess.
A healthy person is a balanced person. In their great little book, “The Life of the Body: Physical well-being and spiritual formation” Valerie Hess and Lane Arnold write, “The definition of “wholeness” includes being fully integrated as a human being, body, mind and spirit; therefore, physical health and spiritual formation are closely related.” They go on, “When I take care of my body, with good food and an active lifestyle, I can tell the difference in other parts of my life. When I am more mentally alert, more joyful, and well rested, I can see the difference in so many other areas of life.”
The truth is that discipline in one area of life carries over into other areas of life in significant ways, but that always requires some kind of intentional action on our part. Sometimes we spend too much time praying about our problems and not enough time doing something about our problems. Striving for better balance in life, and actually making an effort to do the things necessary to be healthier in our body, mind, spirit, and emotions, will go a long way towards cleaning up much of what we struggle with in life.
Tomorrow we will think about the life of the mind, the impact it has on the whole person (including your body), and some things we can do to have better control over it.