"And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things.” -Luke 12:29-30 (NASB)
As Christians, we are told over and over again that our bodies are the temples of the Lord, meaning that our physical bodies are the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. First Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV) says, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” It’s a truth that we should take seriously, and we should let it motivate us to care for our physical bodies, keeping them in good health. As athletes and coaches, we usually don’t have a problem with this since it’s part of our nature and our daily routine.
- What motivates you to work out and eat right? If it is anything other than the Lord, stop now and confess it to the Lord, asking for a renewed mind.
- Are you comfortable with who God made you and the standard He set for your physical health?
- Do you need to make some changes in order to glorify God with your physical body?
- What are the differences in a worldly perspective on health and beauty versus a spiritual perspective? List some.
- How does God want you to care for your body apart from any of the world’s standards? What is healthy for you?
- Psalm 139
- 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
- Ephesians 2:10