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Does diet make a difference?

By Shannon O'Dell / Posted on 14 April 2009

exercisehealthy_diet1Does diet, exercise, and having great sleep habits make you more effective for Christ?

Does your physical appearance make a difference in communicating the gospel?

Does exercise make you appreciate your legs, lungs and heart God made?

Does exercise extend your service for the Kingdom?

Does physical fitness make you more effective in ministry?

Does God receive more glory when you and I are fit?

Does exercise make a difference in your marriage?

Does discipline physically change your time management?

Comment on any and all of these questions? Let me know what you think. 1 Cor. 6:19 “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; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”

Here is a little thought…Charles Spurgeon said, “A mouthful of sea air, or a stiff walk in the wind’s face would not give grace to the soul, but it would yield oxygen to the body, which is next best”

Look for more during week 2 of “Excuse Me”…

 

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  1. Does diet, exercise, and having great sleep habits make you more effective for Christ? Absolutely! Since we are just Gospel-spreading utensils, we need to be at our best to do what we were put here to do most effectively.

    Does your physical appearance make a difference in communicating the gospel? It does. If you look like a complete wreck, people tend to not take you seriously. At the same time, though, a “different” appearance can usually present opportunities to communicate God’s Word to someone that may not hear it from someone that looks more “normal.”

    Does exercise make you appreciate your legs, lungs and heart God made? After the initial pain goes away. lol.

    Does exercise extend your service for the Kingdom? It does. Mental and physical exercise are both important when serving the King.

    Does physical fitness make you more effective in ministry? I believe it does. I think most of it comes from a person’s “swagger,” though. If you don’t present and carry yourself in a respectful manner, you’re not going to be an effective communicator, and will, in turn, lose the attention of those around you

    Does God receive more glory when you and I are fit? We are his creation, and when we are immaculate, he is glorified.

    Does exercise make a difference in your marriage? Absolutely! Though I’m not married, I have seen many many couples that have almost a sense of tension when one, or the other, or both, have let themselves go a bit. Not to mention, it seems to bring about a bit of hyper-sensitivity for those who aren’t in shape – creating a whole new set of concerns.

    Does discipline physically change your time management? Yeah it does. It all seems to go hand-in-hand.

     

    on 14 April 2009 / 8:28 PM

     
  2. Shari says,

    Does diet, exercise, and having great sleep habits make you more effective for Christ? Yes! If you feel good, you show it, if you are not tired, you have time for Christ!

    Does God receive more glory when you and I are fit? Yes, because you are taking care of what He created!

    Does exercise make a difference in your marriage? FOR SURE! Intimacy is AMAZING! The more I work out, the more I have the energy and the need to be with my husband!

     

    on 14 April 2009 / 8:47 PM

     
    • esta daniel says,

      God is happy when we are healthy and in a respectful personality for we are in His image and His ambassodors.
      No leader is pleased by weak soldiers and hence i believe God is pleased when we are physically fit.

       

      on 26 April 2009 / 10:21 AM

       
  3. Lisa Brightwell says,

    I think absolutely He wants us to take care of our physical body (we are His temple), but also . . . “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” Proverbs 14:30 Along with our physical work toward health we must be kind, peaceful, nonjudgmental servants or all of our physical/health work is in vain. We need balance. We also may be the only Jesus some folks ever see (I hope you know what I mean by that). It is a terrific thing to fall into the hands of God . . . I just have to think about that for a moment . . . with health, love and hope for the lost. I am not a scholar here, just speaking from the heart. Lisa

     

    on 15 April 2009 / 7:28 AM

     
  4. Shannon says,

    This body isn’t ours to begin with, it’s God’s. It is on loan to us while we are on earth. It is our job to be good managers of all God has given us, including our bodies. For us to live life to the full for God, we have to be in good shape. It’s amazing how many pastor’s preach on keeping other aspects of our life in order, but ignore eating right and exercise to keep our bodies healthy. I look forward to watching you rock this sermon online next week.

     

    on 15 April 2009 / 8:10 AM

     
  5. Kyle says,

    As a minister and a marathoner, the answers to all of your questions are a resounding YES!

    And while I value “bodily training” here and now, I’m reminded that training for godliness makes a difference both now and forever. (1 Tim. 4:8)

     

    on 15 April 2009 / 1:44 PM

     
  6. Scott says,

    I agree while I do not work out as much as I should. I think it is more than just the work out. If you can cleanse yourself of sugar, caffeine, and other toxins you’ll feel so much better. Cokes, (soft drinks) diet drinks, and sport drinks are so bad for your body. Water, juice, and wine (in moderation). Really everything in moderation.

    Plus these disciplines will remind you of your daily walk. Water to remember your baptism, juice as a reminder that Christ provides, and wine represents the blood of Christ.

     

    on 15 April 2009 / 2:30 PM

     
  7. phillip taylor says,

    all i can say is…when i excercise regularly i feel better, think clearer, get more done, and am a lot more enjoyable to be around. when i don’t, the opposite of those is true. i also believe it is a poor testimony to lost people when we don’t take care of ourselves physically. why should someone want our Jesus if our physical health does not demonstrate the love for God we claim to have?

     

    on 23 April 2009 / 11:35 AM

     
  8. Your Kidding says,

    Shannon O’Dell is drumming up business for the ones who attend and tithe to BNC. More money for that business means more to tithe to BNC, means more money for Shannon O’Dell.

     

    on 05 May 2009 / 1:10 PM

     
 

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