1 Corinthians 6:12-13 “‘All things are lawful for me,’ but not all things are helpful. ‘All things are lawful for me.’ But I will not be dominated by anything. ‘Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food’ – and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.”
We have many opportunities available to us, within the law, whether civil or biblical, but not all of these are the best for us. There is nothing illegal about eating candy or drinking Diet Coke, or staying up until 2 am snapchatting with friends when you need to get up in the morning for work or school. All these things and many more such “approved” behaviors are seen as nothing that will harm anyone and are just “personal choice.” When we want to adjust our choices to ones that promote health in us, we often need to take a look at some of our habits and assess them to see if they are helpful for our bodies or not. Sure, there probably is no law against it, depending on what you are ingesting, but as we look at the positive or negative responses our bodies have to these habits, we may need to change some things. God has given us these bodies with which to honor Him. They are a precious gift to be cherished! I know as kids, we often didn’t appreciate things that our parents gave us, and we may have played rough with them and broken our toys the same day we got them, or stained our new clothes by playing in the dirt with our “Sunday best” on. We didn’t always place the same value on the gift we received as the giver did when it was given.
We have been given a gift with an earthly expiration date. The Giver of this gift, our bodies, was very intentional when He gave them to us. In Psalm 139 verses 13 and 14 David writes, “For You formed my inward part; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well [emphasis added].”
We always find fault in different aspects of our bodies. I had wavy hair and my best friend in middle school, Annie, had straight hair. I always wished mine was straight because then it would look even longer. And Annie wanted wavy hair! Sometimes we wish for more muscle, or to be thinner, or to be taller or shorter. We were knit together in our mother’s womb . . . by GOD! If that isn’t intimate, I don’t know what is! If He knows us that intimately and chose to give us this gift of life and this body, then I know for myself, I want to take good care of it! Have you ever earned a trophy or award that you took good care of, putting it in a special spot? We are God’s living and purposeful trophies, to be taken good care of. He is proud of us! He has wonderful things in store for our lives and they all look different from one another. Let’s not compare the body – this gift He gave us – to anyone else’s. I know that’s hard! Let’s just take care of the one we have so we can be the most effective part of His creation that we can be!
As you continue to come back to this site, my aim is to provide helpful things that will bless your body, mind, and spirit, so you can be the best you that you can be! You are loved and cherished, just as you are!!!!