“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
“Keep your bodies strong to live long for Jesus.” Grace Fox, author and speaker
Fall season is an abundance of pumpkin spice and everything that taste deliciously nice. From sugary spiced special coffees to pumpkin pies topped with sweetened whipped cream, this season includes celebration feasts where indulgence seems demanded. And don’t we deserve treats, especially when cold winter days are coming soon?
I am tempted by the picture perfect cream cheese filled pumpkin muffins, and the whip creamed topped specialty coffees offered. My hands dig deep into my empty uniform pockets. It’s my lunch hour walk when I don’t carry money for this very reason. It’s easier to give into temptation when I hold reasons I think I can. “I’ve had a busy week…I deserve to treat myself…the nutritional content might be low but once in awhile is okay, isn’t it?…so someone brought me that big chocolate chip cookie yesterday and that donut the day before….today deserves a treat too….” and it goes on.
I hobble past the line-up of people at Starbucks, my gait slow from a back injury. Although hereditary factors may contribute to my back weakness, I must admit I am guilty of not caring for my body. Instead of taking breaks for a walk or a strength exercise video, I stay seated at my desk or or in my chair when working or reading. Instead of making a salad from the vegetables in my fridge, I grab a handful of crackers or a sweet muffin when hurrying to meet a deadline or to be on time for a meeting. Ironically, in my rush to “serve more productively”, I slow my body, a habit that is not strengthening me to live out what I strive for — to live out my gifts for Jesus.
Food is necessary to keep our energy going. Filling up on a satisfying meal can make us feel revived and energized for the next activity of our day. Whatever we eat and drink should nourish our bodies for strength and endurance. When we fill up on the busy and let go of the healthy, we no longer give our bodies our best to serve our best. We break down instead of strengthening up to live out our days as God intended.
After all, food is God’s gift so we have the energy to do the work He has set out for us.
In the same way that spending time in God’s word fills us spiritually, spending time nourishing our bodies fills us nutritionally.
In our productivity pressured world, how can we prioritize our bodies so we “live long for Jesus?”
Spending time in scripture to remember God’s call to honour our bodies; joining an exercise class with a friend; taking regular movement breaks; having diced fruits and vegetables on-hand to easily assemble a healthy snack or meal; drinking an abundant amount of water; and remembering that God made you unique with gifts and talents that only you can give – help us become God’s healthy and energized stewards.
Make your reasons for your choices His reasonings for wanting you to live your best.
Without you living out your best life, as God intended, the world suffers!
What can you do today to nourish your body so you grow in strength and endurance to live long for Jesus?