The topic of health and wellness is becoming more and more popular in our culture and across the world today.
Today, we have more information on how to eat healthy foods and live healthier lives than ever before.
It truly is such an incredible time we live in. Lack of information and knowledge is no longer an excuse.
If we don’t know if a certain food is healthy or not, all we have to do is google or ask siri or alexa or any of the other bajillion forms of instant information we have access to.
And while this new movement of empowering people to achieve their optimal level of wellness if fantastic, there is a dangerous side to it.
And the dangerous side comes when we forget the truth…
The truth that no matter how well we take care of our bodies, or how hard we work to stay fit, our bodies are still wasting away.
15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.2 Corinthians 4:15-16
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self[a] is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.
So while we do only have one body, and that one body is a gift, and a holy dwelling place for the Holy Spirit if we have surrendered to Christ as the Lord of our lives, and we ought to steward it well…(1 Cor. 6:19-20; 1 Cor. 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 10:31)
We are also called to not idolize our bodies.
And in not idolizing our bodies, we must also not idolize our health or how well we are.
Because the truth is, anyone who finds their identity in how healthy they are, is someone who is unhealthy.
True healthiness is not about how well we eat or how swole we are, it is about how whole we are.
And wholeness comes when we have a right view of and relationship with God, others, and with ourselves.
Some of the healthiest, most joy-filled people I have ever seen/known, are those who have spent more days attached to an IV pole than any of us care to think about.
They have found joy where only joy can be found:
In a God who is bigger than our circumstances and has good purposes for us in all of our seasons – even our ones filled with sickness and suffering.
In 2 Corinthians chapter 4, verse 17-18, Paul goes on to say:
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.2 Corinthians 4:17-18
What Paul is saying is that this life is hard.
Things are going to ache, people are going to get sick, and loved ones are going to pass away.
But we have a greater hope.
We get to live for things that are unseen.
We get to live for the things that are eternal.
We get to live for the hope of the coming day when our health, bodies, and our world will be fully restored to the perfect condition it was created for.
In the meantime, if you find yourself in good health, and if you were able to get out of bed this morning on your own, steward what you have been given well.
If you have a choice of which foods you eat, eat the ones that will fuel your body the best.
And if you have the option to go for a walk for 30 minutes or watch an hour of friends on Netflix, go on a walk.
Our health is a temporary gift many of us have been given while we walk this temporary world. But it is temporary. Our joy and confidence ought to not be found in how well we eat or how good we look or how much weight we can live, but instead in the one who has created and allowed us to do all of those things. Have you ever taken the time to assess how you feel about food or your body? Schedule a time on the calendar to grab coffee with a trusted friend to talk through what lies you may be believing and how you can both grow in being better stewards of your body and your health.
Father God, thank you for the bodies you have given us. For how you have uniquely shaped and wired each of us. I pray you would reveal to us the lies we believe about ourselves and that we would come to see how we are your masterpieces. I pray you would also help us to be good stewards of both our health and our suffering. In whatever season we find ourselves in Father, I pray you would be with us and that you would be glorified through us.
In Jesus’ name, Amen
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