No matter how many places you have lived, you always remember your first apartment. I got my first digs back in 1996. I was totally into sunflower print, and really cheesy slipcovers that didn’t look anything like the picture on the package. The walls were that awkward white you only find in apartments, but I had an idea to spruce them up. I decided to sponge paint the bottom half of the walls in the living area with green paint. I had no money for those fancy textured paint brushes they sell in home improvement stores, so I just cut up a simple dollar store sponge. In hind sight, it looked like my daughter’s kindergarten art project. My apartment was just a temporary rental, but I was going to be there a few years and wanted to make it better.
Our bodies are rentals according to 2 Corinthians 5:1 which says, “For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.” But in the meantime our rentals need love and according to statistics, we aren’t giving them the attention they deserve.
The World Health Organization sites heart disease as the leading cause of death worldwide. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that almost 40 percent of American adults and nearly 20 percent of adolescents are obese- the highest rates ever recorded for the United States. These are conditions that in most cases can be prevented by proper diet and exercise. Christians often overlook the physical because we want to avoid vanity, but being healthy is not vain; it’s smart!
“ There the child grew up healthy and strong. Luke 2:40
Have you ever thought about the physical lifestyle that Jesus led? His primary mode of transportation was walking. Jesus couldn’t call an Uber to take him to the next town and your Stairmaster has nothing on the hilly topography of Israel. Historians believe that Jesus ate a mostly plant based diet. This kind of diet is making it’s way into our culture, but it’s still a far cry from the typical 21st century way of eating. Jesus also sought out times of rest, much like His father. (Mark 6:31, Genesis 2:2)
We can’t ignore the physical part of our being, even if it’s temporary. How can we do the work God called us to complete if we are too tired, stressed, or unhealthy because we eat the wrong foods and don’t get ample sleep and exercise?
Personally, I have a love/hate relationship with sugar and I don’t always get enough sleep, but overall I try to maintain a healthy diet and my new workout obsession is tennis. Spiritual training is the priority, but physical training does have it’s place. (1 Timothy 4:8) How would you rate your overall physical health? What unhealthy habits would you like to kick? What healthy habits should you continue?