Wellness. What comes to your mind when you hear (see) that word? For me, when I was first asked to write a blog about wellness my brain immediately said, “health and fitness!” I love working out and eating healthy so I immediately began brainstorming about all of the things I could write about under this “wellness” heading – most of which included all of the reasons why you should work out and eat right. Well, the more I thought and prayed about it, the more the Lord took me in a deeper direction. We’ll get there in a minute. First, I actually want to talk about health and fitness!
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” It is important for us to take care of our bodies; for believers, our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit! By exercising, eating whole foods and getting enough sleep we are taking care of the only body we will ever have. By taking care of our bodies, we are actually honoring God! There is a danger, however, of slipping into an obsessive mindset when it comes to exercising and eating right (which can quickly turn into dieting). It is SO EASY for your motivation to slip into trying to be as pretty as ________ (fill in the blank) or as in shape as _______ (fill in the blank) or so that you can get the attention of ________(fill in the blank). See where I’m going with this? We slide from desiring to take care of our bodies in order to care for our ‘temple’ right into being fully obsessed with ourselves. I will be the first to raise my hand and say that I am guilty of this! I was listening to a sermon by Timothy Keller the other day and he said that when a “good” thing turns into the “main” thing, it has become an idol in our lives. We live in the age of selfies and photoshop and are CONSTANTLY bombarded with people who are prettier/skinnier/more muscular/more everything than we, in our opinion, are. If we have put our self worth completely on the outward appearance, our self-esteem can take a major hit. Which brings me to my next point.
1 Timothy 4:8 “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
1 Peter 3:3-4 “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
If you keep your motivation for healthy living in check, you can focus on what really matters: your INNER beauty! You can grow and develop this inner beauty by taking time every day to get into God’s Word (memorize it, utilize it), praying, and being still in the presence of our loving Father. He wants our hearts! 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “…man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Fight the temptation to constantly compare yourself to others (which is SO HARD to do!) and try to focus only on what the Lord thinks of you. He loves you so much! Let your definition of wellness stay grounded in striving for heart beauty and keep physical beauty where it should be, as a good thing but never the main thing. Our main thing always needs to be keeping our eyes focused on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Kristin is a worship leader, piano teacher, wife, and full-time Jesus lover. She has one of the sweetest spirits we've ever known! She, along with her husband Marshall, have a passion for encouraging others to be all they can be for Jesus. How excited we are that she has joined 4G1P as a guest writer!