Trashing Our Bodies

I recently had a short bout with my dad about recycling.  My parents are no longer going to recycle simply because of how little they received in return from the recycling center.  My refuting argument was not about the money, but about the premise and reasons to recycle.  My dad’s first response was, well the Lord will take care of the Earth.  Not refuting that argument at all, but in response, this doesn’t give us the freedom to not care.  Granted, I’m not a huge advocate or practitioner of recycling.  Aren’t we more satisfied with things when we “think” our good behaviors are going towards a healthy cause, for example, recycling?  We recycle not only because we think it helps save the environment, but we’re also against the idea of carelessly handing materials and waste.  So even though, it takes a lot more work to carefully clean all plastic containers, lids, and so on, we’re doing it for a purpose.  My second refuting argument was in relation to our bodies.  Even though we cannot take our physical bodies to Heaven after we die, it doesn’t give us the freedom and right to eat ourselves to an early death.  Our bodies are temples of God.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body.”  My interpretation of this verse is specific to my field of work.  Good nutrition and physical exercise is necessary to keep our bodies young.  Yes, some may adopt this lifestyle specifically for aesthetic purposes, but we should not rely solely on “satisfying the senses.”  There’s more important reasons to honor and glorify your own body and conversely, someone else’s body.  We must fuel our physical bodies with proper nutrition and active lifestyle.  Additionally, and above all, we must fuel our spiritual bodies with prayer, the Bible, and fellowship with other Christians.  Don’t trash your body.  Adhering to this premise is hard, I know.  It takes work.  It takes time.  And it takes patience.  Remember, success takes time, but it’s always worth the wait!


About jthealthyfit I am passionate about health/wellness, nutrition, sports and most importantly, my relationship with God. I have a Bachelor of Science in Health and Sport Studies from Miami University and a Master of Science in Sports Administration from Valparaiso University. I am a corporate wellness coordinator and personal trainer in Columbus, OH. Please email me for personal training rates at I'm excited to be working with you, God Bless! View all posts by jthealthyfit

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