Have you urged friends or family members to take care of themselves? Has someone told you to "take care?" Taking care of ourselves involves staying in tune with our whole being. Too often, we focus on our body and forget to take care of our soul or to exercise our mind. Caught up in our daily routines, we don't stop to take stock of our overall health. Our bodies may be healthy, but our souls could be in shambles.
Body, mind and soul are all connected. If we neglect one, the others suffer. But if we stay healthy with diet, exercise and spiritual disciplines, we feel better all over. God created us as physical creatures and calls us to honor God by paying attention to our bodies and taking care of them the best we can.
Ask your child...
What area do you feel out of tune with - body, mind or soul?
Challenge your child to...
- Get enough sleep. Homework, sports, technology, family and friends can keep us from sleeping and can also become like idols if they get in the way of our relationship with God. What can you give up so that you have enough time to sleep?
- Express your emotions. God created us with emotions so that we can feel things and express our feelings in healthy ways. Bottling up our emotions can negatively affect our health. So if you feel like crying at movies, cry! This goes for you too guys. Expressing our emotions can bring us closer to God and in turn, may bring other people closer to God.
- Exercise. Get outside or go to the gym and stretch your body. Pray for others as you walk, run or stretch.
- Take a break. I can always tell when I've pushed myself too hard. My body begs for rest. We need breaks. The times we feel as if we can't pull ourselves away from daily responsibilities may be exactly the times we need a break. Pause and let Psalm 46:10a breathe healing into your soul: "Be still, and know that I am God!"
God, help us to care for our bodies in the ways you want us to, knowing that they belong to you. Amen.