This is another post that God put so strongly on my heart to share that I’m up at 1am to write about it. You can read the first one I wrote at 1am a few weeks ago about social media here.
Before I share the heart of what I feel God wants me to share I need to tell you a little more about our family. Our family is what some would consider “crunchy” or very wellness, whole body minded. My husband, Matt, is a chiropractor, I am a group fitness instructor, we both have our Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Matt has done more trainings and certifications on wellness than I can count. We could both write for days on the benefits and importance of taking care of your body through the foods you eat(and shouldn’t eat), exercise, chiropractic care, vitamins, fish oil, probiotics and so much more. We try our best to avoid dairy, gluten, wheat and soy and even buy organic produce through Bountiful Baskets each week. To say we are passionate about wellness and taking care of the body God has given us would be an understatement. There are fewer things that bring us more joy than helping others be healthy and whole so they can live a long and enjoyable life.
However, as I am concerned that we(as a nation) are becoming way more concerned with our physical bodies than our spiritual beings. If you are a mom, like me, you know that every day someone is posting something new to Facebook or you attend a play group where you learn that the very thing you have been letting your kid eat or drink or wear is actually poisoning them and is what is going to eventually lead to their death. WOW what PRESSURE! I mean, really, everywhere we turn we find something we could be doing better to give our kids, and ourselves, a longer life. While I love being educated and making good choices for my family I am concerned with the fact that you rarely hear mom conversations talk about the spiritual things our kids are or aren’t being fed. When did our kids physical health become more important than our kids spiritual health? ( If you don’t have kids this still applies to you or anyone in your life!)
Believe me when I say that it is very important to me that my kids learn healthy habits for their bodies because it says in the word that our bodies are temples of the holy spirit. We need to take care of them so that He may dwell in us and bring glory to Him. However, it can’t stop there. We must be bold and teach them that being physically fit is just the beginning. We must teach them that being spiritually fit is what will sustain them in this life and the life to come. My kids will eventually age and they will eventually die. The question is will they ever come to know Jesus and give their heart and life to him? Will they see the need to submit to the Holy Spirit on a daily basis or will they be so consumed with their physical well-being that they silence Him?
I pray that this causes you to stop and evaluate what message you are sending your kids or anyone else in your life today. My prayer for my family is that our passion for God and His word will far outweigh the passion we have for being physically fit. This body will pass away but the legacy that can be left by being a family who is spiritually fit will last forever.