Health is obviously a raging topic in our society these days. It is important. As you’ll see in a few minutes, God talks a lot about our bodies and our health in His Word.
Balanced health is the key to honoring God with our bodies.
Yes, there are extremes. You can fast, purge, exercise, binge, diet, pop some pills… But, if we’re being honest, those are not the correct responses to manage a healthy, God-glorifying body.
What is the proper response? Well, I’m not a doctor or a dietician (I once wanted to be a doctor. That counts right?!). I’m just a girl with a passion for glorifying God and proclaiming His name. However, because I hold fast to the promise that my body was designed and created by a mighty God, I have a few ideas about healthy living.
First, I believe that the food we put in our mouths should be healthy, nutritious, and purposeful. And it should be balanced. Are you eating three servings at a meal, and if so, is that good for your body? Does your food & mealtime serve a purpose? Are you choosing from a variety of food groups, making conscious decisions that have a good impact on your body?
Second, I believe that exercise is important. God designed our body to move and run, to be strong and to have purpose. Exercise doesn’t have to be awful. Talk a quick walk around the block. Jump on the trampoline with your kids. Rake leaves or garden or go to a corn maze – since it’s fall at the current time. There are options. Balance in this area is key, as well.
Finally, I believe that it is important to remain balanced in the view of health as a whole. Healthy food is good. Exercise is good. Becoming legalistic and limiting (unless there is an actual food allergy) is not good. Friends, it can be all too tempting to control food and exercise with the mindset that it is healthy. This is not a balanced view.
So what is a balanced view?
Eating healthy food, but allowing treats & snacks when the occasion is right. Exercising for the fun of it, not to make it an idol. Limiting yourself because your body is a temple, but recognizing grace & the truth that control of food can lead to harm.
The Balanced Health Study
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – Your body is a temple.
Romans 12:1-2 – Present your bodies as a sacrifice, but be not conformed to the world.
1 Timothy 4:8 – Exercise is valuable, but not more valuable than godliness.
Proverbs 4:10-22 – Real health comes through the Word.
Isaiah 58:11 – Rely on the Lord while on the journey to good health.
Questions to Ponder:
Do you currently have a balanced view of health & wellness? What does balance for you look like?
How have you welcomed grace into your wellness process? If you haven’t, what is one step you can take to start?
Do you believe that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit? Do you live each day in regards to this truth?
Is your body able & ready to complete the work of the Lord? Do you have energy, strength, and clarity enough to work as unto the Lord?
What are two things you can change today in order to bring more balance to your health? (ex: take a 10 minute walk, add a salad to my lunch, etc.)
Lord God, my health is important to you and therefore is important to me. I want to honor you with my body. I want to make wise decisions regarding food and exercise. Make your grace abundantly apparent in this process of balancing my health. It is only by your power that I can bring balance to this area of my life. Amen.
Balancing your health will bring peace to so many other areas of your life. And remember, the goal is not perfection. The goal is balance & health.
Tomorrow is our last day & we’re talking about balanced emotions! Join us?
Would you consider sharing this series with a friend? Maybe someone you know could use a little balance added to their life. Or, maybe they’re looking for a short & sweet Scripture study.