I was trying to figure out what I was going to write about today and I came up blank. I had no idea what to write about, in fact I probably stared at the computer for a while, trying to find something that would spark some sort of thought in my head, and for a while nothing came. For those of you who know me, you know my brain taking a vacation is fairly common. Most of the time it comes back fairly quickly, but sometimes……
So I was listening to a podcast that the president of Greater Europe Mission, Henry Deneen, does at least once a month. This months was all about taking care of ourselves. It was good timing seeing as this week has not been my best week recently. I have had so little motivation to do much of anything this week. It has been a struggle to “eat well, exercise well and rest well” as Henry said. I am house/dog sitting for my mom and step-dad and I never seem to sleep well there. I can’t blame it on the dog either because he seems just as content to sleep. My inability to rest well has paid a toll on the other things that I needed and wanted to accomplish this week. After listening to the podcast I realized, once again, how vital it is to take care of my body. Missing one of those components can really throw off every other part of your life.
Henry mentions doing a prayer walk around his neighborhood and specifically praying that people eat well, exercise well and rest well. I can honestly say that I do not normally think about praying for those things for other people, but it makes sense. Think about if you are not eating well, what happens? You don’t have as much energy, you can get sick, etc. What about not exercising? Again, not as much energy, fewer endorphins that improve your attitude, less self-confidence, etc. Not resting well? You might have a short fuse, you might skip your devotional time because you are too tired, etc.
We need to take care of ourselves because if we do, our quality of life will improve and we can become a better witness and light for Christ. He deserves out best so we need to do what it takes so we can give our best. I guess that means I need to get to the gym tomorrow.
Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. – 1 Cor 3:16-17