So sorry for the delay in our chats about beauty! Jon and I went to California this past week to visit the family. We got to meet our niece, Lily, for the first time, we hung out with our nephew, brothers and sisters-in-law, parents, grandparents, cousins and had a complete blast! I'll post pics at the end of this entry.
You all have written some fabulous comments! I'm so excited to hear your thoughts on this rather controversial topic. :)
Today, I want to hear your thoughts on health and how it relate to beauty. We touched rather lightly on health in the last post, but let's focus a bit more on it. Here's a question I have for you: Do you think it is honoring God to live a healthy life?
We've talked a lot about our bodies being temples. Let's talk more about our treatment of these temples.
The Old Testament is chock full of instructions regarding the temple. Chapter after chapter, verse after verse of specifications. It needed to be built exactly like this. It needed to be kept exactly like this. It needed to look exactly like this.
"You are a temple of God," Paul pretty much shouts in 1 Corinthians. "Glorify God in your body."
When we don't take care of our body, we are not glorifying God. When we are not caring for His temple, we are sinning. "You have been bought with a price," Paul says. Peter goes on to say that it was not with perishable things like silver or gold but "with the precious blood of Christ."
Treat yourself as a person bought by the blood of Christ.
Do you struggle with eating crappy foods? You were bought with the blood of the Lamb, so honor God with what you eat. It's so easy to say, right? From one chocoholic to another, we can do it. Set boundaries. Set goals. Be concerned about your health. Paul says in Philippians, "They are enemies of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things." Don't be shackled to food. Don't let it run your life. This applies both to gluttony and to anorexia - both are sin. Both are destroying the temple of God.
Do you struggle with laziness? You were bought with the blood of the Lamb, so honor God by keeping your body in shape. Have you ever noticed how many analogies to physical fitness there are in the Bible? "Work out your salvation", "Fight the good fight, run the good race" "Walk as Jesus did". God did not call you to be lazy. Get up! Turn off the TV. Tie on those shoes and start with a good walk. Think of what Paul said while you are out, "Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of every opportunity."
Do you struggle with arrogance or conceit? You were bought with the blood of the Lamb, so honor God by fleeing from self-idolatry. We have all sinned, we are all in need of a Savior. There is a huge difference between being proud of your body and taking care of your body. Take care, but don't become obsessed. Eat right, but don't become a slave to food. Work out, but don't let it be your all-consuming focus. Find out what the will of the Lord is and serve God with your body. You are not your own.
There is one thing each of these have in common and it's one word: Idolatry. Whether we serve food, serve laziness or endless workouts, or serve ourselves, we are sinning because we are not serving God.
How does health play into beauty? It's a major factor. How does idolatry play into beauty? It's a major detractor.
You were bought with a price and not silver. Not gold. Not dollars, not cents. You were not bought for nothing, you were not bought for no reason.
You were bought with a price, with the precious blood of Christ. Glorify God in your body. Honor God with your physical nature - regardless of what size, shape, or color you are. Keep your temple pure - whether that means abstaining from smoking, drinking, eating crappy foods or not eating enough.
Whether we eat or drink, walk or run, whether we're awake or asleep, let's do everything to the glory of God.
Okay, your time to talk! What do you guys think? :)
Here's some pics of our time in California - enjoy! I hope you all are having a fabulous day!
Love, Erynn ;)
Jon and I spent the first day alone in San Francisco - so much fun!
Josh - "Cheese!!!"
All the married girls - Me, Vicky, Ashlee, and Jon's cousin Melody
Beautiful girl #1
Beautiful girl #2
Tommy, Ashlee, Josh and Lily
Allen, Vicky, and new puppy, Sonata
My mother-in-law and father-in-law with Josh at the zoo