Yesterday we had the second installment in the New Years Revolution challenge at church. This week we discussed our physical lives and the sermon was titled “Body of Work.” Our pastor gave us the acronym PURE and gave us the following goals for our bodies beginning on January 1st. The challenge is for the first 90 days of 2010, but I plan on continuing after that (which of course is the idea).
P – Purify your life. Eliminate all sexual impurities, everything should be kept pure between a husband and a wife, and you should not participate in any inappropriate activity outside of the marriage or before marriage. Keep your body pure for your husband/wife.
U – Use High Octane Fuel. Feed your body well with good healthy food and plenty of water. Limit alcohol, and cut out smoking and drugs (obviously).
R – Rest. Sleep, Sabbath, and Sabbatical. We need an average of 8 hours of sleep a night, be sure to have downtime and good sleep every single night. The Bible commands us to keep the Sabbath day holy and a day of rest. Work to get all of your errands and chores accomplished throughout the week and on Saturday. Keep Sunday open for relaxing, church, maybe some lunch, but lots of rest! Take a sabbatical (vacation) once a year at least. You should really be taking a weekend vacation every quarter and a week vacation once a year. Ideally you could take a trip with your kids, but also make time to take a trip with just your spouse. This allows for true relaxation!
E – Exercise. Get moving. Start a goal of moving every single day, even if it is for 10 minutes. Then expand that, but try to do something every single day. Ride your bike, go for a walk, join a running group, join a gym, do an aerobics class, do yoga, play with your kids outside, etc.
I love these challenges. Some are very easy for me personally, but I know for others they are not. I pray for all those at our church that struggle with some of the more difficult issues above.
Do you want to join us in this challenge? It’s a good one. If nothing else it will make us more aware of our spiritual and physical lives. Next week we cover the financial area of our lives. I’m looking forward to it!