The Body Is The Temple of the Spirit

While I am on a physical development trend right now, let me bring up an article I found in The New York Times. It seems a study shows that few people actually do the four pillars of a heart healthy lifestyle.

Let me preface this meditation with a few words from Paul, the Apostle:

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.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20  New International Version (NIV)

The article in The New York Times stated:

Most Americans know that a heart-healthy lifestyle includes eating a healthful diet, not smoking, being physically active and keeping weight and body fat down. But a new study found that fewer than 3 percent of American adults could claim all four healthy elements.

Only 2.7 percent of the Americans in the study were nonsmokers who ate a reasonably good diet, including eating plenty of vegetables and whole grains and avoiding saturated fat; got at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week; and had a healthy percentage of body fat, defined as up to 20 percent for men and 30 percent for women.

Actually, there is no guarantee that you will live longer if you follow all the advice. But you will live better.

Do you ever find yourself without energy in the afternoon or evening (or both)? Do you have trouble focusing for long periods? Are your relationships falling off the track?

How do you think you can be a witness and servant of Jesus if you don’t have the physical stamina?

How can you maintain the disciplines of study and prayer and meditation with the lack of energy caused by an unhealthy lifestyle?

Eat primarily vegetables with some added lean meat and whole grains. Reduce fats and processed foods (especially white flour and sugar–we get way too much of those in our diet). Add some daily exercise–running, walking briskly, some sort of weight training, Yoga or Tai Chi.Watching what goes into your body includes eliminating smoking (anything) and reducing alcohol to just a couple per day.

Turn your body into a true Temple for the Holy Spirit. Build it day by day.

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