5. You Can't Separate Your Physical Health and Your Spiritual Health
Just as we are more than bodies, our health is more than just physical. When we focus only on our physical health, we run the risk of ignoring the other equally important facets of spiritual, mental, and emotional health. Physical health does matter, as it can be our vehicle for living out God’s purpose for our life here on earth, but it’s important to see how physical health relates to your whole health, and even more important, to see how physical health looks in the light of eternity.
For so long I treated my physical health as my own little kingdom to control, perfect, and keep for myself, not inviting the Lord into it. We might tell ourselves that we don't need the Lord's help in this area or that our food choices aren't important enough to take to the Lord, but those excuses are stumbling blocks.
In my case, dieting became a barrier of sin as my physical health, food, and fitness became an idol in my life, causing my spiritual health to suffer as a result. But God was gracious enough to give me a wake-up call to this food and body obsession. I was a slave to skinny until Jesus set me free.
Now, on my intuitive eating path of following Jesus, not diets, I can see how my physical and spiritual health are interconnected. Now I can treat food and movement as daily opportunities for gratitude and opportunities to rely on the Lord for strength. Now it’s a way to live out some of God’s Word on a daily basis in the way I approach food, in the way I move my body, and in the way I think about myself.
Lord, I want to honor You and put You first in all areas of my life. I trust You with my body. I offer my body as a living sacrifice. Show me how I can glorify You with my body and my health.
It's my prayer that these five points will challenge you to think critically about your New Year's Resolutions about health. It is my hope that you will turn down all the diet culture noise that cranks up in January and prayerfully consider how you can be more intentional with both your health and your time in the New Year.
God calls us to steward the gift of our bodies, not so that we can hit a weight loss goal and not so that we can fit into smaller sized jeans, but so that we can use our bodies as vehicles in this world to fulfill our purpose. Your purpose is not weight loss. Your purpose is to glorify and enjoy God. May your 2020 be filled with purpose!
Erin L. Todd is a wife, dog mom, attorney-by-day and writer-by-night living in St. Petersburg, Florida. As a redhead who battled insecurity and body image issues for over 30 years, she now claims the concept of being both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously. Her blog “Ginger In Progress” was born from a spiritual awakening where Jesus set her free from diet prison. Now she is on a mission to empower and equip women to Follow Jesus Not Diets. Find out more about Erin and grab your free Intuitive Eating Starter Kit for Christian Women HERE.
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