The other day, I dragged myself to my yoga mat to do this holy yoga video (which I highly recommend). For those of you who have never done holy yoga before, Holy Yoga is a Christian version of yoga. The instructor usually shares scripture at the beginning of the exercise, and reminds you of the scripture throughout. In this particular video, the instructor shared the parable of the man who built his house on a rock (Luke 6), and emphasized the importance of building a firm foundation.
A Firm Physical Foundation
As I was dwelling on this parable, I started focusing on ways that I could improve my spiritual foundation. I was about halfway through the 30 minute workout, and I started to feel shaky, sore, and tired. I checked to see how much time I had left in the workout, and groaned when I realized I was only halfway through. I know I should really finish this because I haven’t been working out lately, but I really don’t want to, I thought. Suddenly, I realized that God didn’t want me to focus on my spiritual foundation. He was trying to draw my attention to my physical foundation.
After studying how important it is to take care of our physical selves and encouraging other Christians to live a healthy lifestyle, I had gotten incredibly lazy.
- I had committed to run again, but hadn’t been running in several weeks.
- I had committed to eat better and stick to my diet, but I had cheated more than my body could handle.
- I had committed to going to bed on time, but I had been making excuses and going to bed late for over a week.
I may have thought I needed to work on my spiritual foundation, but God wanted me to focus on my physical foundation.
I finished the workout (yes, I did the whole video), ran up the stairs and started typing this story as quickly as possible. Why? Two reasons. First, I believe God has this message for you as much as He has it for me. Second, I want you to hold me accountable.
His Message For You
In his book, Every Body Matters, Gary Thomas says, “we are not souls who can neglect our physical beings. Holiness requires a totality of experience that includes our bodies” (2011, p. 34). Neglecting our physical bodies sets us up for spiritual failure. I’m convinced that God brought this to my attention because my lack of sleep and exercise coupled with my poor eating habits were keeping me from living life the way He intended. In addition, my lack of sleep was an excuse to sleep in, which made me miss my time with God. Because I didn’t exercise, I lacked the energy to engage with other people, and my poor eating habits increased. I spent more time eating junk food on the couch than dwelling on God’s faithfulness and love for the very body I was destroying.
Now, I want to be kept accountable. These are three areas of my physical health that I seriously need to address, so I’m finishing this post by sharing my commitment to these three issues:
- I’m going to exercise everyday. It may just be a walk around the neighborhood, but I can’t afford to skip exercising. I will exercise everyday.
- I’m going to go to bed on time. I will go to bed at 10 o’clock everyday, and I will take my melatonin at 9:30 until my body clock resets. (My doctor has been telling me to do this but I keep forgetting.) I can’t afford to not go to bed on time. I will go to bed at 10 o’ clock every night.
- I’m going to eat my diet. (For those of you who don’t know, I eat Paleo because of some severe stomach issues. When I eat outside of my diet, I’m prone to exhaustion, pain, and nausea.) I can afford a treat once in awhile, but I can’t afford to eat an entire day’s worth of food outside of my diet. I will eat foods that are good for me everyday.
Now, it’s Your Turn!
What are some ways you need to become recommitted to a firm physical foundation?
With Love Always,
Thomas, G. (2011). Every body matters: Strengthening your body to strengthen your soul. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.