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Nourishing Your Temple
Life can be crazy with lots of ups and downs, going places frequently, and also working or doing school daily. It’s easy to focus so much on making plans or what time we have to be somewhere that we forget to focus on taking care of ourselves and nourish our bodies from the inside out. It’s easy to fill our schedule up and it not cross our minds to rest, reset, and restore. Of course, we need to find balance in these things, but God still calls us to fuel our temple to keep it pure and healthy! 1 Corinthians 6:19 says, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.”
One important way we can nourish our bodies is to exercise or just move. For me, it’s easy to tell myself, “Yeah I’ll do it,” but never do it! Exercising doesn’t have to always be working out; it can be a short walk or run, or even doing yoga or stretching! It’s all about moving! We need to keep our temple at the best it can be physically so that we can be our best for the Kingdom of God.
Another way to help reset and nourish our bodies is to think about what we are putting into our bodies. Cutting out toxic additives in food and eating more fruits and vegetables is huge and can be extremely helpful with our mental health. I have personally noticed a difference in what affects me the most and what I shouldn’t eat or drink. Starting with avoiding the dyes, high fructose corn syrup, and unhealthy oils is a great way to begin cutting things out! These are unnecessary additives that can affect more than we sometimes realize. Generally, the longer the longer the list of ingredients, the more toxic and unhealthy. Typically, the simpler the ingredients the cleaner the food. This is super important to me and something that I found I need to make a priority in my life! It helps me to be my best for God and not be affected by the things I’m putting into my body! We have to remember to nourish our temples with good things.
Lastly, but most importantly is spending time with Jesus. He is the ultimate provider of nourishment for the body, mind, and soul. He is the eternal One that gives us purpose and fuel. Going to Him daily gives us what we need for the day to persevere. Without inviting Him into our days, we can be left feeling depleted and empty.
Allowing time for nourishment and filling ourselves with truth and goodness is an important part of taking care of our temple! We have to keep ourselves healthy and make sure we are our best for Jesus!! We always need to be ready for what He has in store for us! As it says in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Therefore honor God with our bodies.”