“Honor God with your body.”          1Co 6:20 NLT

 

Unless you get into better shape physically, you may go to heaven sooner than you planned. The Bible says, “Honor God with your body.” How do you do that? (1) Change your diet. Many of us eat for the wrong reasons—like stress, boredom, fatigue, anger, depression, and low self-esteem. Try to get to the root of your problem. Insufficient fruit, vegetables, and fiber, and too much fast food can wreak havoc with your health. Practice self-control. “Those who belong to Christ…have given up their old selfish feelings and…things they wanted to do” (Gal 5:24 NCV). (2) Start exercising. The secret is to start slowly. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park your car and walk, play ball with your kids instead of watching TV. God designed your body to move, and that doesn’t mean strolling from your car to your desk every morning. Exercising three times a week for thirty minutes will reduce your blood pressure and stress, and boost your sense of well-being. Come on, get with it! (3) Go to bed earlier. Pastor Tony Jenkins consulted his doctor about his wife’s snoring. “Does it really bother you that much?” the doctor asked. “It’s not just me,” Jenkins replied. “It’s bothering the whole congregation!” Seriously, you require eight hours of shut-eye. You can probably get by on less, but do you want to just “get by”? The Psalmist said, “It is no use…to get up early and stay up late…The Lord gives sleep to those he loves” (Ps 127:2 NCV). So turn off the TV and the computer and turn in at a reasonable hour. The word for you today is: Take better care of your body!