Eliminating the Subtle Sins Against the Body
1Co 6:19-20 (NIV): "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; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies."
Sin (Definition 1c from www.merriam-webster.com): An often serious shortcoming.
Subtle (Definition 1b from www.merriam-webster.com): Difficult to understand or perceive.
All of us sin. How much, though, do we consider the subtle sins we commit each day (usually over and over) against our own bodies (and, ultimately, God)? These sins, which can sometimes be difficult to identify, produce a cumulative, negative effect. Look at beaches. One wave crashing upon a shore may exert little effect upon the beach landscape. Multiply that by millions upon millions of crashing waves over a many decades, and the beach will look considerably different. The Scriptures read, "[It's] the little foxes that ruin the vineyards" (Song 2:15). Little things, repeated over and over again, can create significant, long-term effects. (This applies to both positive and negative things.)
Provided below are a few of the "little foxes" I'm working currently to eliminate (or keep at a distance) from my life. Pick two or three from the list below, and, over the next month or so, work diligently (and prayerfully) to exterminate them from yours. In the list, you'll notice after each behavior I've identified an opposite behavior you could do to flush the old one down the drain. I've found it a lot easier to eliminate a bad habit by replacing it with a good one.
Consuming denatured food. Eat real food.
Not getting enough sleep (basically, the combination of staying up too late the night before and then trying to get up early the next morning). Go to bed an hour earlier than you "normally" would.
Using stimulants (caffeine) or depressants (alcohol) or both. Drink water (or herbal tea or fruit juice).
Not flossing after you brush your teeth. Floss twice a day.
Slouching. Stand-up/sit-up straight, and lift your head and shoulders joyfully. (Smiling also helps!)
Sitting too much. Squat for five minutes a day by doing it in 30 second increments. (That means 10 sets, for 30 seconds, every day.)
Not moving enough. Move A LOT. Do whatever you can to change your posture and move more often.
Not walking enough. Walk a mile every day.
Not warming-up prior to engaging in rigorous exercise. Create a five-minute warm-up routine for yourself and then always perform it before doing anything physically rigorous. Make warming-up a part of the culture of your exercise life.
Using harsh cleaning products (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, mouthwash, laundry detergent, carpet and fabric fresheners, surface cleaning agents, etc.). Use only natural products.
Not using proper form during exercise. For every exercise you like to perform, research the proper form for its execution, and then follow what you've learned.
Drinking unfiltered water from the faucet. Drink filtered (or bottled water). Consider purchasing or renting a semi-portable water system. (I rent mine from Crystal Springs.) Water from a faucet is typically unfit for human consumption. It also has a chemical taste. (That may be one of the reasons why you've not been drinking enough water.)
Not drinking enough water. Drink water all the time. See previous "habit." (Note: This is the third time I've mentioned drinking water in this post. Yep, it's pretty important!)
Baking in the sun. From 10a to 2p every day (yes, all year long), enjoy the shade.
Not spending enough time outside in nature. Go hiking.
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