Many of you may know Candace Cameron Bure as D.J. Tanner from the popular show Full House. She also starred on Dancing with the Stars. I have been reading her book “Dancing Through Life” about her journey on Dancing with the Stars. In this book she states the following:
“Our bodies are the vehicles we use to live our lives. If we fill them with junk, we are very likely to crash and burn”
We all know that crash and burn feeling… When you’ve eaten too much at Christmas and Thanksgiving, when you’re out and about running errands and you get hungry so you swing through the closest McDonald’s or Wendy’s drive-thru to fuel your cravings.
But that’s exactly it. Food is fuel for our bodies. Think about it this way: what if your gas tank was on E for empty and you needed to refuel, but instead of putting gas in the tank, you go to the store and you put some engine oil in and top it off with a little bit of power-steering fluid. Your car most likely will not run like it should because it does not have the proper fuel it needs to do so.
This is similar to our bodies. When we make the choice about what to eat, it’s not always the best one. For example, you are out and about and decide to stop somewhere for lunch- let’s say for this case Wendy’s. You order a triple Baconator, with a large fry and a large coke. While that sounds really good, and tastes really good at the moment, it is not the proper fuel you need to keep you going to run the rest of your errands. Ordering an apple pecan chicken salad or a chicken wrap may have been a better option.
I am not saying that it is bad to eat a burger and fries. I am saying that we make poor decisions when it comes to fueling ourselves with what we have scheduled for our day. The Baconator would be the engine oil and power-steering fluid and the salad or wrap would be the correct gas need to fuel your car.
We are all guilty of this. It’s not easy to be the healthiest we can be in a world where juicy cheeseburgers and fried food is go-to food.
I would like to suggest something else. The New Year is coming, you know what that means. Everyone has New Year’s Resolution and the most popular is probably eating healthier and working out more (I am usually included in that resolution). How many of us actually go through with that?
It’s a set thing. At this date I will stop eating all of this junk and start filling my body with the healthy food it needs and even run a little bit, but I cannot start this until January 1st, maybe the 2nd because I will need to sleep in on the first due to New Year’s Eve festivities.
My question is: why does it have to be on a set day? If you want to start eating healthy and working out, than do it! Do not wait another minute! I am guilty of this too! We all are. We live in a world where we have plenty of access to healthy foods and being fit, it just takes a little more effort than going to a drive-thru and eating a Big Mac.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
Our bodies are the temple of Christ. Our bodies are what God has given us to fulfill the plans he has for us. How can we do that if we are not properly taking care of them? How can we fully carry out God’s will for our lives if we aren’t even taking care of the bodies God has given us?
We need to be more mindful of what we put in our bodies because what we put in, is what we get out. In other words, eating a giant cheeseburger fries and shake on a day-to-day basis may not get you through a busy-scheduled week.
Taking care of our bodies is an act of worship to Christ because our bodies are the temple. Think of it like this: we are called to be a Church. As in the people of Christ, the body of Christ. If we didn’t take care of each other and pray for one another, than we wouldn’t be a very healthy Church. Living together, as Christ has called us to do, is an act of worship to God because it is taking care of the body of Christ. Now we just need to take care of the temple of Christ!
There are many studies and diets out there that can get you on the right path… a few I have heard of are the Daniel plan and Trim Healthy Mama.
Take a second and pray for God to help you understand how important it is to be physically healthy. Then, ask God to help you to learn how you can honor God with what you put in your body.
Photos by Pastor Carrie Beth Garland Photography