How To Advance Your Swagger, IMPROVE YOURSELF & HELP OTHERS PART 13: Your Body is a Temple, Treat It Like A Temple!

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Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?

1 Corinthians 6:15a

 

Some Christians are very busy.  With work, families and ministry, we barely have a chance to rest.

Finding time to exercise can be tough.  How long do we need?  20-30 minutes? One 30-minute TV show a few times a week?  Exercise does not require a fancy gym membership.  What about a walk during our morning prayers, a short walk after dinner or maybe even a walk during our lunch break?

Healthier eating options can be tricky   Unhealthy food choices are easier and sometimes less expensive.  We have to make choices.  Sometimes just eating less food is good.  Nowadays there is a bunch of unnecessary “Super-size” options.   We do not need to “Super-size” everything.  A regular portion is enough most people.  Another idea would be to eat more vegetables and lower the amount of the other foods you consume.

These are starting suggestions.  Just remember that the more we do to take care of our body, the better our body will be to serve Him. We take care of our bodies because it is the temple of the Holy Spirit.  It is not about vanity or turning heads.  We must also remember not to obsess over taking care of our body.  It is about taking care of the vessel that the Lord has given us to do His work. We maintain our cars and keep them fueled appropriately so when we need to use them, they are ready.  In the same respect, we have to maintain our body and feed it properly so when God needs to use our bodies to serve Him, we are ready. Read More Here

Making healthy food choices is part of taking care of our bodies.  

“The wise woman builds her house” Proverbs 14:1a  

Constant unhealthy food choices will not help your body to be at its best to serve the Lord.

“but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” Proverbs 14:1b

Why healthy food choices?

  • To help us think clearly to understand the directives He gives us to serve Him.
  • To help us have good energy to follow-through on the directives to serve Him
  • To help us be strong enough to stay the course while serving Him.

Food is the fuel for our body.  Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.  We can’t feed our bodies with straw and sticks, metaphorically speaking, and expect it to withstand like it made with bricks.

I am not suggesting removing all unhealthy food choices instantly.  I am suggesting adding more healthy choices.  This is a positive journey and we are focusing on adding to our lives.

When you make your food choices, are you considering that you are fueling body, the body you are using to serve Him? Unhealthy food choices are sometimes cheaper, faster and more appealing to the taste.  Is that helping you work toward your goal of tuning up your body to serve Him better?

Honestly assess your food choices.  Find at least one area where you can add more healthy food choices is to your diet, and do it. Please share the area you choose in the comment area and how you plan on making it happen.

10 Ways to Treat your Body like a Temple

Give your body the attention it deserves and you’ll be rewarded tenfold. Here are 10 simple ways to make it happen.

  1. Never skimp on sleep. It heals like nothing else.
  2. Don’t smoke. You already knew that, right?
  3. Go easy on alcohol. Drink in moderation.
  4. Choose organic, locally grown produce.
  5. Listen to your body. Is that headache really telling you that you need more caffeine, or is it saying, ‘Hey, how about a little water and a bit of down time?’
  6. Stay on top of regular health screens and checks.
  7. Consider supplements. A good multivitamin can help make up for shortcomings in your diet.
  8. Address niggly health concerns, pronto. Don’t just hope they’ll go away.
  9. Schedule regular ‘me time’ to de-stress and regroup. It could be as simple as retreating to the tub for a long soak or as indulgent as a weekend away at a spa. You choose.
  10. Dress your best by only wearing clothes that help you feel wonderful. Before you leave home each day, check with yourself and ask if you like how you look. If it’s a no, change your clothes.

Food for thought

Certain foods nourish and heal, while others will hurt you.  Overly processed foods that are high in saturated fats, salt, refined sugars, preservatives, additives and chemicals, with names you can’t pronounce, are not the good guys. Sadly, a modern Western diet typically includes way too much of all of the above.

Get active

Move as if your life depended on it… because it does! Diet is important but exercise keeps your body strong and flexible and your metabolism firing on all cylinders. Exercise strengthens your core muscles and helps to prevent loss of bone mass.

Rest

Make sure to give your body 6-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep.  Turn off the computer at least an hour before bedtime, eliminate distractions that will keep you awake, if pets make it impossible to sleep, designate a specific place in the house for them to snooze, and if you have children, be diligent about sticking to a consistent bedtime.

More natural drinks

Do your best to drink water and tea instead of soda or coffee.  While it is fine to drink anything in moderation, remind yourself that your body is the vessel and ask the question, how best shall I fuel it? I don’t believe Coca Cola is going to get you very far, but some cool crisp water certainly can’t hurt.

Keep your brain active

One of the simplest and most enjoyable preventative actions you can take to ward off Alzheimer’s and dementia is to continually challenge your mind.  Whether it be by introducing new physical skills – dancing, stand-up padding or tennis – or mental exercises such as crossword puzzles, learning a new language, reading a challenging new book or understanding a new computer system – by exercising your brain you are keeping it young and less susceptible to deterioration as well.

Cook more often

This requires planning, saves money and allows you to be an active participant in what you choose to put into each meal and your body.

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