I remember the day I realized the exercise routine I followed for years was coming to an end. I did not have the time, stamina or fitness level that I once had. I thought, “what is the use, I’m not motivated and I don’t care.” It then hit me! I was making it all about me. Is that the only reason I should be “taking care of myself” each day? It was in a self-pity moment the real motivation spoke to me. Taking care of my body is an obedient act unto the Lord and a way to be ready to fulfill His purpose in my life. That is when I implemented my motto that I live by every day ” if I can’t do what I used to do, I will do what I can do.” I may not be able to run fast, but I can walk. If I can’t walk, I can do yoga. I may not have a day with a “perfect diet day”, but I can make healthy choices with what I do have.
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (ESV)
I love how it is translated in the Message version of the Bible
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. “(MSG)
The passage goes on to share how we are one body with different gifts which are to be used for serving others. In other words, we have a job to do and should present our bodies to the Lord in a manner to be used for him.
I heard my pastor once say it like this. “I don’t want to be the one who limits what God want to do through me.” We are called to spread the word of Jesus and have a special talent so let’s be healthy to the best of our own ability.
Living healthy is not about running the fastest, lifting the heaviest or spending hours at the gym. Those too can turn into an impure motive that does not honor God. It may mean choosing to prepare healthy meals at home; going for a 20 minute walk; or adding more fresh fruits and vegetables into our diet. It’s choosing to be responsible with the body and time God has given us.
What would it look like if we paused and said, “Today, I choose to honor God with my body and take good care of it to the best of my ability. That is one healthy thing we can all do every day.