Our bodies are vessels for our spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19), and useful only in so much as we serve others, and God, in His mission. God tells us in Mark 9:35 that Jesus sat down and called the twelve and he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” Like many of the teachings of Jesus, putting ourselves last goes against the grain of the modern world’s thinking – especially in the age of social media and selfies. However, in an ever-growing narcissistic culture we must remember that to be first we must put ourselves last.
As servants of one another our service is meant to be action oriented, and not just in the service of the church “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (Galatians 5:13) We are supposed to serve each other with love, not grudgingly, and without expecting anything in return…but not at the expense of our own health.
Sadly, too many women also take this so to heart in that we sometimes act as virtual martyrs in our service of others. We may be plagued with too little sleep (even though studies show that women need more of it than our male counterparts), eat unhealthy and on the run, or refuse to make time for exercise and personal replenishment.
We need to put ourselves last in service, yes, but we also have to take care of ourselves and not let our own personal health and wellness go by the wayside. God wants us to keep ourselves fit and healthy. The bible says, “I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well” (3 John 1:2). Obviously, even though God is most interested in our spiritual health He also wants us to be physically healthy as well.
The Bible encourages us to care for our bodies, and good nutrition and physical strength is naturally part of that. God cares about man’s physical comfort and well-being. The Bible says, “I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well” (3 John 1:2). This also carries over into our relationship with food. Food is fuel for the believer, and it not meant to be used purely for pleasure. Food is meant for nutrition and good health.
Our bodies can be considered machines that carry us from place to place as we carry out the work God has planned for us (Ephesians 2:10). We have to care for those machines and keep them fit and healthy in order to do our best work in the service of God.
Interestingly, there is a new fitness trend that I was on the fence about, and worried that it might be causing more harm than good. Celebrities left and right are jumping on the waist training band-wagon and utilizing these devices that can help repair and train the waist for many of us post-partum. I was worried that these corset-like trainers might be dangerous, but then I read about the positives that I hadn’t yet considered.
Pouya Shafipour, M.D., of Wellesley Medical in Los Angeles noted that waist training has more to do with confidence boosting than the resulting fat loss from the waistline. More than the inches and weight lost he explains that “[waist training] makes you feel more confident. It makes you want to exercise more.” So if waist trainers can help us feel slimmer, stronger, and leaner that additional confidence boost can facilitate a psychological feel-good effect.
The new sense of self-assurance that waist trainers provide can aid us in reach towards our larger strength training and weight-loss goals. Our clothing choices and support garments can help us be more confident about our bodies, and how they serve us in the path of God.
Our newfound self-confidence can also help us reach for new heights and take chances that we may not have taken under the grey could of body shame. The boost of confidence that comes from beautiful clothes, and supporting undergarments, will ultimately support our long term health and vitality – allowing us to continue God’s work with a healthy attitude for many years to come.
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