I urge you brothers and sisters, in the view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. - Romans 12:1
We pray and serve with our lips, hands, minds, talents and energy. Everything we do for God, we do with the body God gave us as a ‘living sacrifice’. So, taking care of our physical bodies isn’t always selfish, vain or a waste of time. As a trained personal trainer, I’ve come to realise there is so much more than our physical appearance and many things we can do to ensure our bodies are healthy and ready to serve God.
There are all sorts of ways to take care of ourselves, both spiritually and physically.
Routine. I’ve found that having a daily routine is essential to keeping me on track with my spiritual growth. It’s only beneficial if we see a purpose in our routine. Going for a walk helps me stay focused on the blessings God provides as well as gets me out and about.
Goals. Setting goals is a part of spiritual discipline. The Bible says we need to set goals in order to grow in our faith. Goals stretch us and help us become all God wants us to be. Having reachable goals to achieve throughout the year, month, and day helps with keeping ourselves motivated. By setting these goals we can track our improvements whether it is strength, endurance or even knowledge. These goals coincide with both spiritual and physical. Achievable goals could include a walk around the block each day or reading a few bible verses a night. When we achieve these small goals, we grow and become more confident and willing to push ourselves.
And thirdly, accountability. In personal training we learnt it is VITAL to keep each other accountable for the goals we set for ourselves. It’s important to tell people around you what’s going on and what you want to achieve. Who knows, they may have been through similar struggles and have ideas for you to try out. Drinking water may have helped their headaches or certain bible verses helped them in a similar time. “We bore each other’s burdens in prayer” - Galatians 6:2
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own.” - 1 Corinthians 6:19
Just some healthy food for thought.