Do you take care of yourself? Do you have an annual physical? Do you eat well and exercise?

If we are healthy and in good shape, it is not by accident. It is because we make it a priority to do so.

When my children were little I used to spend my entire day taking care of them in one way or another. I made sure they were eating a well balanced diet. I took them outside to get fresh air and exercise. I also made sure they got adequate sleep for their growing bodies. Now that they’re grown, it’s up to them. I’m not there to prepare their meals, make them exercise or get proper sleep.

If you’re an adult, I’m guessing your mama doesn’t live with you taking care of your every need. It’s up to you. We all have excuses for why we don’t eat healthy, exercise and get the rest our bodies need. We don’t have the money or time to join a gym. We can’t afford to eat healthy. Sound familiar?

We invest in the things that matter to us. Don’t believe me? Do you have a cell phone? Does it work properly? Does it have the capability of downloading apps, checking email, and a GPS? Most likely yes. Why? Because those things are priorities. They help you weed through email duringĀ down time and help you get from point A to point B. That’s just one example. I could list dozens and so could you.

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 bodies.”

If God entrusted something of value to you and told you it was irreplaceable, you would be very careful with it. You’d guard it and protect it, wouldn’t you? Well, He has. It’s your body. You were created in His image and for His glory [Genesis 1:26, 1 Corinthians 10:31]. Your body is the place where the Holy Spirit dwells.

How many of you nearly kill yourself cleaning your house to get it in tip top shape for company? God says He dwells within us daily, so doesn’t it make sense that we would take care of our bodies daily?

Think about what you eat. Is it quality fuel for what you’ll face throughout the day? How much sleep are you getting each night? Is it enough to allow your systems to rest and rejuvenate? Are you exercising to strengthen your body so you can adequately fight off disease and have the strength to tackle the tasks at hand?

It’s time to do a little spring cleaning? Take time to honestly evaluate what you need to do to properly care for you body. There may be several things you need to do or possibly only one or two. Whatever it is, do it. You don’t want the Holy Spirit to reside in the Motel 6 when you could offer Him the Ritz.