OK, it’s Monday morning. After a weekend of splurging, are you ready to take control of your eating before the impending holiday festivities? You may be wondering, if I’m offering my body as a living sacrifice,then why does it keep crawling off the altar? Romans 12:1 says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”
Are you tired of the diet roller coaster? Me too. So let’s get back to the place we can say, “It is well with not only my soul, but with my body and mind, too.”
Three Things You Can Do Today:
1) Drink 8 ounces of lemon water every day first thing in the morning.
Squeeze half a fresh lemon into a mug and use hot water warmed in a tea kettle to steep for five minutes. Drink slowly. This aids in digestion and detoxification.
2) Drink 8 8-ounce glasses of water—stay hydrated.
Water composes 75% of your brain. It helps carry nutrients and oxygen to your cells and converts your food to energy. Water removes waste and helps control your appetite.
3) Walk for 30 minutes.
Walking for 30 minutes every day alleviates depression and fatigue. Walking increases attention and decision-making, lowers the risk of heart disease, improves blood pressure by five points, cuts the risk of Altzheimer’s in half, keeps weight in check while working arms and shoulders, and strengthens legs, quads, hips, and hamstrings.
Leonard Sweet in his book Soulsalsa reminds us,“Just as the health industry is moving from treating disease to creating health, so the church must redesign itself as a place that creates wellness rather than attends the sick. And wellness incorporates body, mind and spirit.” So today, let’s implement these three simple ways to begin our journey to better health together. And I will be praying for you.
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Father, thank you for giving us life. Thank you for entrusting us with these bodies to care for. Help us to be good stewards of them. Empower us to be self-controlled and give us discipline in our food and activity choices today. We want to serve you more effectively. In Jesus’ name, amen.
So now are you ready for a healthier Monday?