Our bodies are amazing things. When we nourish them correctly, they yield good health. When educated, we can articulate thoughts, feelings and ideas. We can jump high and long and run fast and perform gymnastics skills and read and write. We can complete crosswords, debate, cook and knit. We can make things, draw things and write music. We can be witty. As well as this, we can smell, hear, see, move, taste and be. We can feel things – happiness and sadness and disappointment and relief and joy and fear. We have been created in such a wonderful way – and it’s only right that we treasure and treat our bodies accordingly.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 commands us:
“19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
So put extra jam on your raisin toast.
Allow yourself the privilege of having a hot shower.
Find half an hour to sit down and have a cup of tea (stop saying you can’t find time!)
Go walking barefoot.
Sit beneath your favourite tree with a good book.
Whatever it may be – watching a movie, painting your nails, walking the dog or buying Lindt chocolate – take the time out to remind your body that you actually really appreciate everything it does for you, and everything it cops from you.