If you know me at all, you know that I love to eat healthy. It’s one of the things I constantly encourage my family to do. My coworkers may not agree, but they never turn down one of my “healthy” muffins. I work out several times a week; I even walk my dogs most days. I buy mostly organic meats and dairy. I clean with essential oils if I can. However the last two years, I’ve been plagued by health issues outside of my control. It frustrates me to no end to know how much time, effort and money I put into taking care of my body, and how it’s constantly failing me despite all those efforts.
As I’ve had my own pity parties, I’ve been convicted because my condition isn’t life threatening. I can still work out. I can still go to work most days. I can still host parties, and drive. I am so blessed.
I recently learned that one of my sweet friends who has MS has lost all control of her arms. Her legs gave out a couple years ago. She is now completely dependent on others to help her do even the basic things. Yet, in the midst of her struggle, she chooses to have joy. I know some days are easier that others, but instead of allowing herself to go to the dark places, she chooses to accept what God has given her, and has chosen to be joyful in the midst of her body failing her majorly.
I think at one point, I thought if my body wasn’t healthy it was because God had forgotten me, or that I wasn’t doing something right. Of course, that’s the wrong theology, and what the Evil One would love for us to believe. Instead God quietly reminds us in Psalm 45:11, “Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;
honor him, for he is your lord.” He hasn’t forgotten you or me. He’s walking with us through this. It’s not what we do for Him either; He gives us grace in that.
Today, no matter what you are feeling physically today, praise Him for your body. Praise Him for how He’s using it for His Kingdom impact. If you are healthy and have no issues, pray that no matter what comes that God would help you to see how He sees you.
Have more time? Want to go deeper?
- Read through 1 Cor. 3:16-17 “16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.” How are you treating your body like a temple? Do you need to change any habits?
- We all struggle with comparing ourselves to others. How are you comparing your body to others today? Spend some time confessing that to the Lord, and asking Him to give you eyes focused on Him.