In today’s society, there seems to be a healthier, more organic take on the food we consume. If you go to any grocery store or food market, and look on the packaging of each label, you will see things like, ‘No GMO’s!’ or ‘Made with Organic Products.’ Now, don’t get me wrong, some companies are producing food items that are, by no means, healthy in any sense of the word. I mean, ketchup flavored potato chips, come on! But, for the most part, companies seem to be filtering the effect of the product they sell. And humans, who are health-conscientious, seem to gravitate towards these products. These are the people who wish to filter the products that we consume, since we wish to be healthier and happier! However, let me propose a question: Are you striving to be healthier and happier within your spiritual life? As Christians, I hope the answer would be yes. Here are three steps to take in your spiritual life, in order to improve your health and happiness!
1.) Exercise: This is the first step in becoming healthier. In a personal sense, we should strive to develop exercise routines that improve the overall health of our body. This can be hiking, walking, or jogging. In a spiritual sense, in order to improve our spiritual health, we should strive to walk in the light and find happiness through our fellowship with one another (1 John 1:7).
2.) Weight Loss: This seems to be a common trend in everyone’s life. Whether bigger or smaller, everyone seems to desire to lose weight. In a personal sense, we should strive to develop a healthier diet by filtering the foods we consume. After all, eating healthy and living an active lifestyle will lead to a healthier and happier you. In a spiritual sense, when feeling a little heavy, we should cast our burdens on our savior, Jesus Christ, through our Faith in Him (1 Peter 5:7).
3.) Weight Lifting: Maybe, you desire to become stronger. The best way to become stronger is to develop a weight lifting schedule that you adhere to daily. In a personal sense, we should find the motivation needed in order to achieve the goals you have set for yourself. Then, you can develop happiness within yourself. In a spiritual sense, do you desire to be stronger? Become strong in the Lord, through the strength of His might. All while channeling happiness through your Faith (Eph. 6:10).
As Christians, sometimes we become too caught up in our physical appearance. It’s important to remember, “Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain (Prov. 31:30).” It is okay to focus on bettering your health and focusing on your outward appearance, but the outward appearance isn’t as important as the inward appearance. When focusing on your appearance, be mindful of the words God spoke in 1 Samuel 16:7, which says, “…For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” After all, it is the spiritual health and happiness of your heart that God cares about, not your outward appearance. It is through our inward health that we are able to produce good works for God through physical means, which keep our Faith active. Let us strive, as Christians, to live happier and healthier! All while ensuring our heart is kept with all vigilance, for from it flows the spring of life (Prov. 4:23).
Reader’s Verse of Encouragement: 1 Timothy 4:8
“For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and that is to come.”