It’s Friday afternoon, I was just leaving the office and I was exhausted. I mean like heavy-eyes, blurred thoughts, need some leggings on, exhausted. I headed to a friend’s house to hang out and woke up about two hours later from the kind of nap that makes you wonder where you are when you wake up. How people socialize on a Friday evening after a long week, I just don’t understand.
We decided to head to an evening yoga class to wind down from the week. During the class, I was reflecting on how my body felt. Honestly, I was shocked at how tired I had been and how badly I needed that nap. I was surprised at how poorly I had slept all week. I took a minute to think about how I had treated my body in the last week: the food I ate when I was stressed and the workouts I cut short from being so tired.
How was I not treating my body right? I know how to eat well. I know how to work out. I know how to prioritize self-care. So why wasn’t I?
If I borrow something from a friend, I always try to take really good care of it. If I’m over at someone’s house with nice dishes, I’m extra careful not to break them. If I’m riding in someone’s new car, I’m probably not going to eat a messy snack.
Honestly, when you know something’s worth and value, you treat it with more care.
I realized in an instant that I wasn’t treating my body as carefully as I should. I realized I wasn’t treating it according to its worth and value.
“You were God’s expensive purchase, paid for with tears of blood, so by all means, then, use your body to bring glory to God!” 1 Corinthians 6:20 TPT
When I remember that I am a daughter of God and that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, I am reminded that it needs to be handled with care.
I am reminded to ask my body what it needs, rather than just giving it what my emotions say it wants.
Our physical bodies are ours to nurture, to strengthen, to invest in, and to love. We are created in the image of God.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
When was the last time you looked in the mirror and instead of immediately jumping to criticize the zit on your face or extra inch on your waist, you declared, “I am made in the image of God and this body brings GLORY to God!”
There needs to be a place in our lives for health and fitness just as much as there needs to be a place in our lives for prayer and community. Start with simple things to add to your day like drinking more water, taking the stairs, or making breakfast at home.
So maybe you’re a busy mama trying to balance the schedule of your family and all of your littles, maybe you’re a young professional trying to grow in your career and invest in your dreams, maybe you’re in a season of working two jobs just to pay the bills. No matter what season you’re in, remember you are WORTH being taken care of. Your body is just as important as your heart.