"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, Who is in you, Whom you have received from God? ... So use every part of your body to give glory back to God..." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Friday, April 12, 2013

Training Program: Honoring your Body!

Today is the Last day to our series on Intentional Living. There are some incredible bloggers who really put this together and very talented writers that participated.

I haven't really wrote much on training our bodies but this is just as important I believe for our Christian walk.
Training our body does not mean incorporating a work out plan like Ryan Hall or any elite athlete. It means to be INTENTIONAL about it.
It is not Perfection it is Progress.

Luke 2:52 - "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man."

Our bodies are made up of 4 components..Like legs on a chair.
Jesus grew in these 4 ways. This is how I have found I am at my healthiest is when I am balancing on these 4 legs. 
HE  GREW SPIRITUALLY - favor with God
HE GREW SOCIALLY - favor with man
 Cor. 6:19-20"Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's."  

 My mother had a petite frame and I wouldn't say that between 3 packs of cigarettes and all the beer and vodka, marijuana and pills she consumed she took great care of her body. Of course if you looked at her you wouldn't know that. But even with her 5'2 frame, weighing in at 110 lbs her body shut down from years of abuse way before her time or mine.
You can only fake it for so long, eventually it is going to catch up with you. Sure you see that person like my mom who lives to be as old as Moses abusing their body, but that might not be you...

Most Christians feel convicted about lying, or gossiping or we describe sin as pornography, addiction or adultery, all the obvious but no one wants to touch on gluttony with a ten foot pole. 
A lot of our churches encourage over eating. My teen age years I went to a Baptist church and there was always a potluck and the coffee table after service was almost hidden behind dozens of donuts. I have even watched Pastors grab their bellies laughing about their figure and the food they consume. It has almost become a joke. I don't think it is a laughing matter when you look at the obesity in the United States.
The number one KILLER in the United States  is coronary heart disease, which often appears as a heart attack.  No it wasn't alcoholism or drug overdose. We weigh the obvious sins and hide our "little indulgences." Most of even our Pastors are over weight. We hear all the time the Reverend who drinks but never the one who is overweight.

It is not about going on a diet, it is changing your diet for life. It is NOT about being skinny or fat..IT is about being Healthy!
You are What You EAT!!
Some people do not even know that they are unhealthy. They think that chronic fatigue, headaches, soreness or acne is just a way of life. They don't know anything else. There is so much more. Life has so many more possibilities. I never realized the significance of the foods I consumed affected my daily outcomes till running.  There is Proof  In The Pudding!..LOL..Pudding!  When I ate proper foods I could run longer, I recovered faster and I was able to pursue my day without exhaustion or a bad attitude.
When we learn how to eat properly a bi-product of eating right is thinking right! When we are honoring God with managing the body he gave us we will also be honoring him with a mind that is disciplined, dedicated and sacrificing.

    "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship." Rom. 12:1

You can't serve the Lord on the earth from an early grave. You won't do all you could for Christ from your sickbed or sleeping off the sugar blues. You won't serve the Lord to full capacity if you're too ashamed of yourself to minister to others. Our health is vitally important to God. Christians, more than any other people, need to eat to live, not live to eat.

Does that mean I never indulge?
I love chocolate, ice cream, root beer, oh and Girl Scout Cookies.. But I watch portion, I look for healthier alternatives and sometimes I just treat myself. We all need a day to enjoy. Dieting is not DAY by DAY it is a way of living. So with doing all our routines a day of rest is good.

I would love to hear what you think of this post. I pray I did not offend anyone. At 38 years old I am so thankful to God for allowing me to do the things I can. It hasn't been easy for me. 2 knee surgeries should have couched me. I praise GOD every time I run. I give God all the Glory remembering how thankful I am for each breath of air he has given me. So for each breath I give him the honor and remember HE GAVE ME Life not to take for granted but to glorify him~
Are you balanced? 
Where do you feel off balance? 
Do you struggle with your eating Habits?
Do you struggle with staying physically active? 
Here are all 5 topics I am posting this week. Today is day 3. Make sure you check out the other posts to qualify you for the GIVEAWAY!!! Click on the Post you have not read and share in the Devotion*
  1. The Little Engine who COULD
  2. Rules to Running your Own Race
  3. Running Down Your Thoughts
  4. Running From Ourselves
  5. Training Program
CONTEST: At the end of the 5 Day Series if you have commented on the questions on all 5 days I will send out a care package that will be related to health and fitness. 
  • You HAVE to be a subscriber to the blog.
  • You have to answer or comment on the post. 
  • At the end I will contact you to receive your address.
  • IF by chance there are more than 5 participants I will Draw 3 names. 
DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE OTHER 16 BLOGGERS!! These other bloggers are incredible. You will not want to miss what they have to say about Living Life Intentionally.
Click here to View their Topic: 5 Days of Intentional Living

Thank You for visiting. If you are a new visiter this week I would love to see that you visited, Let me know what  you think~

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