I wrote last week about feeling unattractive as we age (you can find that post here). Today I would like to talk about some things we can do to keep our bodies strong and healthy as part of a series on Body Beautiful. The place to start is always with the Word of God:
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. Col 2:8
…but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. 1 cor 9:27
The world (as a tool of the enemy) is always trying to get our focus off of God and onto ourselves: our failures, our inadequacies, our insecurities. For women, our body is one of the MAJOR areas of struggle. I confess that it is for me as well. Since my 4th baby, the weight has NOT come off easily and that has been a trial God has used to teach and train me in my life.
Before I get into things in the next post, I want to share some things we CAN be doing for our health and the discipline of our bodies.
- good grooming…being clean and tidy (whether that means make-up or not is up to you)
- frumpy does not equal spiritual! This means we CAN dress attractively, even fashionably and still be women of God with a heart of obedience and surrender.
- exercise is IMPERATIVE for our health…in “olden days” exercise was not necessary in that most of life was aerobic in nature! Try doing laundry in a tub with a washboard, ringing it out by hand and then hanging it up to dry and kneading 4 loaves of bread by hand and you will agree with me! I am not talking about “body sculpting” exercise, I’m talking about anything aerobic in order to strengthen our cardio-vascular system and to help us keep our body fat down. (I am NOT saying body sculpting is wrong! But we need to look at our attitudes; are we doing this because of the empty deception of the philosophies of the world?)
- looking attractive to our mate is VERY important…if he would like us to meet him at the door in dresses and pearls, then we can make some changes in how we dress for his pleasure!
- modesty is a good thing! But not in the bedroom!!
- eating well balanced meals is critical in creating and maintaining healthy bodies which we will need for many years to carry on the ministry God has planned for us.
- particular health risks may require special steps (i.e. I am at high risk for diabetes and osteoporosis so my exercise program includes weight training as that is the new information in helping prevent both of these diseases).
With all of this, the center of it all is not having BEAUTIFUL bodies, but having HEALTHY bodies that GLORIFY GOD.