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Hey, hey! So… I’m in the process of editing this post. As I’ve researched and grown, my thinking about health and size and weight and diet culture has shifted. It might be a little bit until I’ve edited all of my health posts (moving and 3 kids and all that), but if you’re interested in what I’ve been learning, check out the Food Psych podcast or this book on intuitive eating (affiliate link)
Nine months before my wedding, I embarked on a crazy adventure of shedding 65 pounds before I slipped on my white dress.
To help inspire me, I created a vision board of all of the reasons I wanted to lose the weight. It was filled with various magazine clippings:
- Fit brides
- Stylish nurseries
- Mommas holding babies
- Women rollerblading
- A couple holding hands
- A woman lifting weights
I would peruse my board every time I got discouraged and wanted to give up. It was the perfect reminder of why I was skipping out on chocolate and torturing myself with the dreaded kettle ball.
I lost the 65 pounds. And I felt amazing.
I have since gained every single pound back.
It turns out once you wear the white dress, brides don’t inspire you to keep the weight off.
And after you have the babies, it is actually harder to lose weight.
Sure there are reasons I want to be healthy, again. I want to feel better, keep up with my kids, live a long, fulfilling life with my husband.
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5 Biblical Reasons to Treat Your Body Better
1) Keep God as Number One
You shall have no other gods before me.
The main reason that I’m unhealthy is that I have placed so many crutches above God. Comfort eating, general laziness, etc. . .
When God is above all in our lives we don’t turn to unhealthy habits to comfort us, we turn to the only Source that can help.
2) Your body is His temple
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, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
When the Holy Spirit directs us to move, have we treated our bodies, His Temple, well enough to go?
Are we unnecessarily harsh in the way we talk about His Temple?
To be honest, I’d rather not answer the questions because the truth stings.
3) Be strong in the Lord
She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
Without strength, how will face the day? Disciple and correct our child for the millionth time? Love our husbands well? Carry the laundry up the stairs?
Serve the poor?
Help our neighbor?
We can’t do the work God calls us to if we aren’t strong both in spirit and body.
4) Whatever you do, do for the Lord.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
Have you ever thought, “well, the Bible doesn’t specifically say this is wrong?” Yeah, me too. This verse, though, is the catch-all of all behaviors.
Everything we do, even washing dishes and changing dirty diapers, should be done for the glory of God.
Treating our bodies well is definitely covered in this verse.
5) Nowhere else will you find this kind of grace.
There is no workout plan or diet or self-help mantra that is filled with this much grace. There is nowhere on earth that you will find this kind of forgiveness and strength for a new day.
If we are going to look for a reason to treat our bodies better, there is no better plan to commit to than God’s.
Here we find grace, forgiveness, strength, love.
He is the ultimate in making beauty from ashes.
Why would look anywhere else?
Sweet friends, will you join me on this adventure of treating our bodies better? It doesn’t matter if you are overweight, at your ideal weight, struggling with chronic illness or fit-as-a-fiddle. We could all do better in the way we talk about and treat our bodies.
How will you treat your body better?