The wife didn’t know what to do. Her husband was in denial about his severe food allergy and refused to change his ways. She held his hand during his latest anaphylactic reaction while his airways constricted to the point of passing out. He would rather die than change his diet—and he almost did.
Unfortunately, that’s not the only story like it that I’ve heard. I know of diabetics who refuse to stop eating sugary foods, and drug addicts who keep relapsing into old habits. And lest you think me judgmental, even though I handle my food intolerances and allergies well, I too still struggle to eat healthfully and exercise consistently.
For many of us, taking care of our bodies is a constant challenge (or at least one we give some attention to this time of year). Some of us can’t seem to get the right amount of nutrition, while others are plagued by sedentary lifestyles. We each have our obstacles to good health, and too often, we struggle alone, thinking God doesn’t care about something so trivial.
But God does care about our bodies. He created each one, and knows exactly what we need to not only function properly, but to thrive. In this month’s From the Pastor’s Heart letter, Dr. Stanley tells us:
In the first century, the Christians in Corinth believed what many still think today—that the body isn’t that important, and we can do whatever we want with it. The apostle Paul corrected this misconception in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.”
Have you taken the time to ask God how you should care for yourself? Have you investigated what foods and activities your body responds best to? You may have no idea what it really feels like to live a healthy lifestyle until you’ve tried a couple different options.
Good health may not be an easy goal for you. If you struggle with caring for yourself, let me encourage you to work with your doctor to find a plan that fits you. Learn how your body works, and talk with your healthcare provider about the different foods, medicine, supplements, and actions that would improve your quality of life.
God has you on this earth to glorify Him and share His great gift of salvation with the world. Don’t diminish that time by mistreating your body and taking it for granted. No one knows when his or her last day will be, but there’s no good to be gained by hastening it through destructive behavior and poor physical stewardship.
Dr. Stanley writes about God’s divine perspective of our bodies in this month’s From the Pastor’s Heart letter.