Practical Messages for Impractical Times
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s Temple and that God’s spirit dwells in your midst? 1 Corinthians 3:6
Defining Healthy Living is highly subjective. If ten individuals were asked what comprised a healthy lifestyle you would receive ten varied answers. However, “eating healthy” would be the common factor among the respondents regardless of their interpretation of health. In spite of the benefits of making informed decisions about healthy food choices, the United States has the highest rate of Childhood Obesity and Adult Onset Diabetes. We continue to eat for pleasure as opposed to fueling our bodies with foods high on the nutritional pyramid.
Imagine taking your car to the gas station every day when the tank is full and attempting to put more gas inside; the overflow of gas would end up on the ground. It is unfortunate that our bodies are endless receptacles. We choose foods which contain the minimal nutritional value and force our bodies to accept high amounts of fat, sugar and empty calories. The adage of you are what you eat remains true. Do not be deceived by appearance, poor nutrition may not be evident in persons with a normal body weight: However, we know it is the engine and the internal parts of a car that are the most important.
The most exciting aspect of making the decision to choose a healthy diet is the overwhelming response from my body. When the temple receives lean protein, legumes, whole grains, complex carbs, fruits, vegetables, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, the immune system is strengthened, and the body begins to repair itself internally. As a result, I experienced a significant boost in energy along with increased mental clarity. The overall sense of wellness provided me with the motivation to increase my current level of activity, and with increased activity, a slimmer body is evolving. I realized that not only was weight loss an achievable goal but my desire for junk food has changed. Personally, the greatest benefit from my lifestyle change is the desire to spend time with God in prayer and study of His Word. My longstanding history of insomnia has resolved, and the feelings of lethargy and sluggishness have abated.
This is the story of my body’s response to caring for it as a temple.
Kudos to those who are on the continuing journey to achieve optimal wellness-spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Prayer for today: Dear God, I want to care for my bodily temple. Please give me the willpower to select foods based on their nutritional value that will strengthen, nourish, and promote optimal wellness. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz
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