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!

Get Rest:

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!

Eat Clean:

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.



  1. I know this may sound extremely "New Age-y" and cliche and possibly even unChristian to some, but I have personally found that a great way of staying healthy is knowing and listening to my body. If I'm hungry, I eat; and if I'm not hungry, I don't eat! If I'm tired, I sleep; and if I'm not tired, I don't lay around in bed. If I'm antsy, I get some exercise; if I'm in pain, I don't. God has given us amazing bodies, but it's easy in our Western culture to focus so much on the mind and "controlling our desires" that we forget that sometimes the best thing is to actually ask "What is my body telling me that I need?" I stay healthy by remembering that I'm not just a brain or a spirit, I am a physical being with real physical needs. Too many Christians fall into the Gnostic belief that all physical desires are bad, but God created our physical bodies as well as our spirits, so we need to care for both.
    • Hi N Good, I get what you are saying and I want to thank you for replying to the post. I struggled with listening to my body for awhile, for the simple fact that I was actually addicted to food and would just eat to eat. The simple fact is though, that your body will tell you when you need to eat and not. That is the way God designed us, and it is awesome!
  2. Good reminder Josh. I love to run, and be active. Sometimes, I need to exercise more self control when it comes to sweets and Coke, but I think you're absolutely right. I think being active and healthy enables us to be more effective in ministry too! Good stuff.
    • Keith, Thank you for replying. Just some encouragement and a little secret... I still drink a cherry coke every now and then, and even have a few sweets. It freaks my body out when I take in those things now, but they are so good! I do notice though, that when I just drink water and cut all un-natural sugars out of my diet, I can lose up to 10lbs in two weeks! Keep up the great work!
  3. Great post Josh! Welcome to the community. I always wonder why youth pastors or pastors are so unhealthy? I personally try to limit junk food to my cheat day. I am trying to follow tim ferris' 4 hour body plan.
    • Hi Kolby, Thanks for the welcome! I actually had never heard of Tim Ferris 4 hour body, but I just ordered his book from amazon to read into! As for the cheat day, I always have a cheat day, once a week. I really try to limit it to a cheat meal, but usually I have two meals on that day that are not so healthy. My cheat day is usually the day we have youth, or date night with my wife! Thanks for the reply!
      • It is a great book! worth the read. My cheat day is also my youth night. I wouldn't worry about the two meal thing. Tim Ferris eats like 12 thousand calories and ends up losing weight. Once you read it, you will see his crazyness. I followed his plan and lost 15 pounds a few years ago.

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