You are a health nut!
The heart of a Health Nut wants:
To be the best steward of your body, prevent pain and slow the effects of aging, improve the quality and quantity of life for yourself and the next generation.
What causes stumbling
& What spurs you on
Stumbling Spot #1: Taking health scores personally. If a blood test indicates you have borderline cholesterol levels or heart rate test says your scores are below average, it can feel like an attack on your identity.
This is a good time to ask the question, "But how do I feel emotionally and mentally?" Biohealth markers are only one external part of our holistic selves. Take the vigor that you use to take care of your physical health and begin to monitor the other integral components of your health like spiritual, mental, social, vocational, and financial health.
Stumbling Spot #2: Confusing health with blessing. When you or someone you love gets sick or injured, do you ever blame it on yourself for not doing enough or interpret it as a sort of divine punishment?
Jesus, who was broken for our healing, crushed for our iniquity, and bore the cross for our joy, redefines health as the way we see it. Yes, living in a broken world means the existence of diseases, and neglecting our health has real consequences, but the point of the Christian's walk is not to remain healthy on the outside but to become one with Jesus. Instead of interpreting the next illness as punishment or feeling pitiful, view it as an opportunity to draw closer to the One who takes our pain and wipes away our tears. Take time to rest and refocus on your eternal home in Christ.
Stumbling Spot #3: Relying on your own efforts. You do a lot to stay healthy for the long haul. But do you ever feel dismayed when you run out of your own strength or frustrated when people get in the way of your health pursuit?
Instead of trying to be 100% healthy 100% of the time, focus on your top three health priorities (ex: sleep, physical movement, time alone). These are the three things that if you don't do, you don't feel like yourself. Share these essentials with those closest to you so they know how to love you and how you can be at your best to serve them. Invite them on the journey with you and find ways to incorporate your priorities into everyday life. If something unexpected does come up and you miss out on one of your essentials, it could be a good opporutnity to rely on the Lord's strength instead of your own health and efforts.
What will keep you centered and motivated long-term
The heart of a Health Nut works out from and for this truth: My body is a home to honor the Lord. I will take care of it as long as I live, and cultivate life for others.
Your core verse:
"So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it." 2 Corinthians 5:9
Gifts of the health nut
- You are quick to do what is right: You not only know what is best for your body, but you live it out. Your diligence to wisdom is a foundation of inspiration for the next generation. Share this gift by teaching a proven health principle to someone younger than yourself.
- You seek and achieve stability: By taking care of the one body God has given you, you honor the gift by building a body of strength to withstand years of wear and tear, resilience to disease, and a preserve a thriving home to bring life to others. Enhance this gift by using your health to lift up someone else who may be feeling down and discouraged.
If you're in a season of struggling with activity, here’s a way to get to the other side
- Start with prayer. Ask God what you need in that moment.
- Name the thing you need (ex: to prevent osteoporosis).
- Choose an activity that relates to your specific need (ex: resistance training) and as you move, keep your core verse (2 Corinthians 5:9) at the center of your intention for the workout so God can move in you and become your joy as you move your body.
health nut mantra
I am a temple of the Holy Spirit. I will meet with God in the space of my body and He will be my peace.
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