So, lately I have been on this let me lose weight kick (Ok I’m always on that kick); but this particular push is different. I’m going to be 33 in April, so obviously I’m not getting any younger, despite still looking like I’m in my 20s. Plus, God keeps it on my mind to take better care of myself often.
If there is one thing I’m learning is that your body will reward you on how well you take care of it. True Story!
Case point: I recently changed my face washing routine. I used to only wash my face at night, but now that I’m older and I’m wearing makeup a lot more now, I knew once a day wasn’t going to cut it. So, I use a morning cleanser (day and night) but use a toner at night only and exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Took a month to get used to this habit and the results were Ah-MAH-Zing! My skin is brighter and I’m seeing less blemishes and my makeup goes on flawlessly (not that it wasn’t before, but it’s better. I don’t even need to use a face primer)
Another case point: I’ve recently lost 27 lbs. Over the summer I was heading towards 300 lbs and my body was letting me know it was not happy with me. I started to get sluggish, out of breath, lack of energy (which I’m used to since I have Epstein Barr Virus and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) but I mean really unhealthy. Walking was evening becoming an issue and an old ballet injury started up (plantar fasciitis), which I feel the most whenever I have gained weight. Well, once I started to lose 10 lbs, I saw a huge difference and my energy levels went back up and now that I’ve lost 27 lbs, I’m now back in the 260s and my watch is sliding on my wrist, I have energy, I can walk without being out of breath, and I went up on my belt buck (In fact, I really should go get a size down jeans)
So the point is, you take care of yourself and you will reap the benefits.
So, lets consider 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were brought with a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
God very much cares how we treat our bodies and he wants to be involved when we need help to better take care of ourselves.
I have a lot of illnesses that I would love to get rid of. But I have them, so I can either do the “woe is me” bit and curl up in a ball and wait for death or I can rejoice in the fact that “With Christ stripes” I’m already healed and when this life is over, I’m getting a brand new, glorified body that will be incorruptible (Phil 3:10; 1 Cor 15:42-53), where sin, sickness, and death has no power over it.
Sin is the thief of the temple. It’s just the nature of the beast, unfortunately; however, you don’t have let sin or illness take control, especially if you are a believer. God is always in control, even when we can’t see it. But remember God’s promise when he said that “He would never leave us, nor forsake us.”
My friend one time asked me when I was sick one time and it was bad, why did I smile so much in spite of what was happening? I said I have unspeakable joy inside of me. Before I said that, I was praying for death because I couldn’t cope with the unexpected illness that came upon me, but the illness also left as fast as it came. Thank you Jesus!!!!!
I think that sometimes God allows some of the bad (or what we as humans may consider as bad) to happen, so he can continue to show us and especially those that doubt that he is the Lord God Almighty, Jehovah Rapha.
Bottom line is God wants us to honor our bodies before him and take care of what we have while we’re still here on earth. We just need to trust God to help us take care of the body that we were born with, especially since his Spirit lives inside us.
So, lets take care and honor our bodies, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit inside us. And if you need help (and I’m not afraid to ask for help, because he knows I need it) don’t be afraid to cry out to the Lord and ask for his help.