Now you may think that based on the title of this post, that it’s going to be all about modesty. But you’re wrong! There are so many ways that we can honor god with our bodies!
Because I am a Christian – a follower of Jesus Christ – I believe must act, speak and present myself like Jesus would. One of the ways I believe that I am to live is to honor God with my body. But that phrase can be aloof. What does it really mean?
I’ve listed some ways that I believe I’m supposed to conduct myself and treat my body.
1. What I eat.
What I put into my body is just as important as what shows on the outside. Health isn’t something that I would immediately think of in reference to honoring God. But when I began to think about it, it’s all about being responsible with what I’ve been given: my body. If I abuse my body by putting into it unhealthy foods, I’m not taking the best care I can.
I’m a big promoter of eating organic, non-GMO foods because it’s best for your health. It’s what our ancestors ate for thousands of years before mass production of foods. While there is much controversy over this very topic today, it doesn’t mean that one can just stand on the sidelines and waver with no decision made.
Every time you put food into your mouth you are making a decision to eat healthily or not.
Hubby and I made our transition over to a more organic lifestyle slowly because there’s so much involved it it!
2. How I move
The other side of health is exercise. Our bodies were made to need it! And to keep our bodies running at maximum capacity it’s important to get some form of exercise!
Until marriage I was a pretty thin girl with a fairly high metabolism, so in my mind, I didn’t need exercise. I mean the only reason people exercise is be thin…right?T? Not really.
Since I began exercising in the first couple years of my marriage (when my metabolism slowed down), my body has craved it when I stop. So whether it’s weight training, cardio or yoga, I try to exercise 5 times a week for at least 20 minutes. I feel better, look better, and my body thanks me!
3. How I dress
Here’s the point you were expecting! I would be remiss in leaving it out! Modesty is important for everyone, whether you are religious or not. How?
The way you dress affects everyone around you. Men can be turned on by it. Women can have a plethora of emotions in response to how you dress. Children can be educated WAY before they need to be. Be responsible and dress modestly.
And if you think that in our society you cannot dress modestly without looking like a frump, READ THIS ARTICLE about how the royal family dresses!
For the Christian this is an imperative point! How I dress is a reflection of what I think about my Lord. And because I am an ambassador for Him, how I dress reflects Him. How I dress affects my reputation and testimony in the community. And if my dress ever hindered opportunities I may have to help someone in need, I’m at fault.
My dress also affects my Hubby. Because I am a extension of him, how I dress says something about him.
4. How I present myself.
This is different from modesty in that it is an attitude and air about myself. It is how I carry my body. It is how I speak and conduct myself.
A woman may dress incredibly modestly, but the air about her is wrought with flirtatiousness. Maybe it’s not something you can put your finger on, but it’s just there.
Being aware of how you move your body, how your words affect those around you and your presentation of yourself is important for a woman. Because we have so many layers and how we act on the surface doesn’t always reflect what’s in our hearts, we must be careful.
5. How I am intimate.
If you’re married this is for you! I believe there is a definitely way that I should conduct my body in regards to my intimate life with Hubby.
- Be available. If I’m not available for him to show love via intimacy to me, someone else will be available.
- Show initiative. Show interest and initiative toward intimacy.
- Don’t withhold. Very seldom and for very specific reasoning should a wife ever do this…and always with communication with Hubby.
I have a responsibility to Hubby to be intimate with him. That sounds like it’s an impersonal and dreaded task. But practically speaking, it’s just part of marriage. And if it’s not viewed with some responsibility, I believe it can be overlooked and undervalued.
6. How I procreate.
Having children is a personal thing. How many, at what time, how far apart, etc – these are all questions couples find themselves having to navigate. Age, health, desire and expectations play into this.
I have 2 kids: 2 years old and 6 months old. I’m 31 years old. Hubby and I would like 7 kids. The conflict here is age and desire. While some ladies have kids far into their 40’s, it’s not a sure thing for every woman. And while I would in theory would like 7 kids, I don’t know if I like being pregnant that many times and having to physically give birth 5 more times. (It’s hard!)
This has weighed heavy on my heart. Trying to figure the logistics, the finances and the timing has proved fruitless. God is ultimately in control of this. And I’ve decided to let things happen as they happen. I’ve decided to not be held in bondage by expectations or desires.
How I procreate, can honor God by my motives being pure and my faith being in Him.
In what area do you struggle most with honoring God with your body?