In our occasional blogs on small group options – here’s another very different one which starts this Thursday. Interested? Sign up here, or email Christie, firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
I often think back to a sermon that Erin Bair preached a few months into my time at Restoration in early 2011. I distinctly remember her sharing the poignant phrase, “Our bodies matter.” I was struck by the simple truth of those three words.
Our bodies do matter: How we treat them. What we put into them. What we do with them. What we believe about them. All of these things matter.
All too often, we treat our bodies like they aren’t a part of our spiritual self. We lament over the size of our post-baby bellies, stuff ourselves with ice cream to dull the pain of rejection, run an extra three miles to prove to ourselves we are worth something and restrict “bad” foods to feel in control. Forgetting that God allows us to birth new life, experience the highs and lows of deep relationships and enjoy food and physical activity for our health and pleasure. We are striving and stuffing and slowly cutting ourselves off from the bodies that God created for us.
God created us in His image with a mind, body and spirit. What we do to our body trickles into our spirit, and when our bodies become broken, so will our spirits.
All too often we forget that our bodies do indeed matter. They matter to us, and they matter to God.
Come explore the question of how we can return to a place of viewing and treating our bodies as God intended during Rock Recovery’s Body Image & Eating Education Series at Restoration, starting this Thursday.
More small group info can be found on the website!