As Christians who desire to live more healthfully, naturally, sustainably, you-fill-in-the-blank, I think our motivation is such an important area to discuss. I would definitely agree with this guest poster and her conclusion as to why we should even care about or do any of these things at all. But I’ll let her tell you more about it… 🙂
Guest Post by Babychaser
We’ve taken the plunge to healthier living… but why? This is a question I have to ask myself from time to time… mostly when I’m focusing a little too much on the specifics.
It’s easy to get wrapped up on making sure we are eating healthy and not being exposed to dangerous chemicals… and when we get too wrapped up in it, it can become an idol.
On the far, far other side of that is my inclination to be lazy and just let it go when it gets to be too much.
So why have we made the decision to live a healthier lifestyle? I think the answer to that helps to keep me in check. Stewardship.
Most of the time we think of stewardship as being in reference to finances. We are to be good stewards of our money… all that God gives us. We are also to be good stewards of everything else God has and will give us… including our bodies and our family’s bodies.
Upon learning more and more of the crazy things we’ve implemented in our lives, one friend smiled and said, “I’d love to know how you guys are going to die.” I had to laugh because the truth is; we are all going to die. Even if we take all the chemicals and harmful substances out of our lives, we will still die. But God gave us these bodies to live in (note: we are not our bodies, but merely live in our bodies while we reside on earth.) He gave them to us and it is up to us to be good stewards of them.
Good stewardship may look different from one family to another. I do not hold myself above those who have not chosen to make the food and chemical choices we have just like I hope those in better physical shape are not looking down on us for failing to exercise as I know we should. None on this earth is perfect, but as I have learned about the harm so many of the foods, etc. available to us are to our bodies, I’ve felt the need to make changes in order to be a better steward of my family’s health.
Let me give a couple examples:
• Refined sugars lower our immune systems as well as a ton of other things.
• BPA affects our bodies in a number of ways, including its links to breast cancer and fertility problems.
• Pasteurization depletes most (or all) of the healthful aspects of milk and is linked to a number of allergies and health problems.
As I work to be a good steward of our health, it only makes sense to me to cut as much refined sugar as possible, to remove BPA from our home and to switch to raw milk.
I’ll be the first to admit that we are are not die hard on these things. From time to time my kids can be found playing with bad plastics or our family will get ice cream from one of the yummy places around town, but we are on a road to being healthier and getting closer and closer every day.
You can learn more of our journey to healthier living beginning with this post.
What motivates you to live healthier? Do you agree that it’s an issue of stewardship?
Babychaser is the wife to her Beloved and mommy to Tornado and Sweet Pea. You can read about the “Adventures of the Babychaser” at her blog, Stay at Home Mommy. Blogging anonymously, Babychaser writes about raising healthy children, training her children, day to day happenings, and anything else tickling her fingertips.