1 Corinthians 6:19-20
New International Version (NIV)
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
I know Paul is talking about sexual purity and honoring God with your body that way, but I also believe that Paul is saying take care of your bodies in general! Our bodies are a temple, and the Holy Spirit dwells within us, and how should God use a body that can not stay fit and healthy? The healthier you are (physically and spiritually) the better you can do work for God. Here are some ways to stay healthy physically and keep the “temple” clean and in shape!
I learned this one the hard way, but you cannot always keep going. As Youth Pastors or whatever your title is, we have responsibilities and activities that keep us from having the usual sleep time as others. You never know when you will have to get up in the middle of the night to help a family, or when you will only have 1 hour of sleep due to a lock-in. You cannot expect your body to stay healthy if you do not get sleep! As hard as it is, I try to make one day a week where I can just rest, sleep in late, and be a bum! I learned a few years ago, that when I push my self to total exhaustion, I just fall apart; I get sick, cranky, and my mind just does not want to focus! I end up having a terrible week or two because I am sick and cannot get things done till I recover. This ends up with me getting even further behind. It is best to just get the rest, even if you have to force it, then falling apart the week of a big event and not being at the top of your game!
Stop using the excuse of being a Youth Minister to eat junk food every day all day! Our bodies are not made to function of processed foods. Here is a good rule of thumb I use: If I could not catch it, kill it, and or pick it, do not eat it. Yes, I eat junk food, but I have limited it to once to twice a week. The other days I eat lean meats such as skinless chicken, fish, and occasionally lean red meat, add some healthy veggies (and do a veggie tales skit with your kids while cooking with them), and some fruit and you will feel better in no time! Take the challenge and do a Paleo diet for two weeks, and see how much better you feel and function! You will never want to go back to junk food! Here is one of my Favorite protein shakes: PB2 banana shake.
Seriously, pray! I think we forget that God made our bodies and He knows exactly what we need to function correctly. Ask God to give you guidance as you make decisions about your daily food choices and exercise routine. You need strength and most of the time I have to go to God and ask Him to give me the will power to do what I need to do to stay healthy!
What do you do to stay healthy through out the week? Have a suggestion? Did something we mentioned help you? Let us know by leaving a comment below.