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A Healthy Balance

Emily, Katelyn, Cary, Sarah, Perrie, Wesley, David, Anna & Doug

Healthiness is a lifestyle that makes the most of what God has given us: body, mind, and spirit. The mind functions at its best only when the body and soul are well rested and well nourished. Here’s how some of us find that balance . . .

—Emily Blom, 19

Get Enough Sleep

devozine Nap TS 77280921I stay up late, and I’m tired and grumpy the next day. I’ve learned that I need to limit the time I spend with social media and games, to take time to read God’s word and pray, and then to get enough sleep to be ready for the next day. Try this with me: Pick the app you use most often and don’t use it for one week. (If a week’s too long, try a couple days.) You may be surprised how much more time you have for God and how much more sleep you get.

—Katelyn Janzen, 15

Listen to Your Body

I don’t look like the models in magazines. I never will. They are computer-generated, airbrushed works of art, not reality. Instead of focusing on how I look, I am learning to listen to my body to determine when I am hungry and how much I should eat. I try to eat healthy foods that give me energy and make me feel good. I also listen to God’s voice to learn how to take care of my body, for God loves me and knows what I need.

—Cary Knier Johanness

Organize Your Day

Boredom makes me feel lazy, as if I’m wasting my life; so I overeat. I have developed a strict routine that keeps me busy so that I don’t get bored and eat. My routine includes exercise, prayer, chores, and study. Getting a lot done boosts my self-esteem. It also helps me balance my life so that I don’t feel overwhelmed.

—Sarah Klauda

Make Healthy Choices

devozine lifting weights2 TSP 146778629Choosing a daily time for devotional reading and prayer leads us to make other good decisions about our spiritual lives. We encourage others, forgive more easily, and give generously. These decisions affect other people and can encourage them to make good decisions as well. In the same way, choosing to exercise leads to other good decisions about our physical lives. We sleep better and eat healthier. We live longer, fuller, healthier lives, with more energy to serve God and to love others. What good decision will you make today? Will you eat a healthy lunch, go for a walk, or spend time with God? Start with one decision, commit it to God in prayer, and let it grow into many more good choices.

—Perrie Tatum

Pay Attention

When we hear the word healthy, we often think of physical health: weight, body image, exercise. Characteristics of spiritual and mental health are more internal, less noticeable; but they are just as important. We need to pay close attention to our own mental and spiritual health and to that of other people who may be suffering. Living a healthy lifestyle is not only eating the right foods and exercising, but also assessing our emotions and the state of our souls.

—Wesley Overhults

Make Time for God

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Teens need eight to ten hours of sleep a night. We also need time for school, sports, jobs, youth group, friends, and relaxation. Finding time to spend with God is hard. Recently, I have tried to pray or talk to God on my way to school, which has helped to strengthen our relationship. When do you make time for God?

—David Leonard, 19

Ask Others to Hold You Accountable

During a recent meeting with friends, we decided that each of us would spend half an hour alone with God, reading God’s word. Then we would discuss the Bible verses we had read. Both the time spent alone and the discussion were invigorating. I find it easier to take “time away” when I have friends who hold me accountable for spending time with God.

—Anna Dembowski, 20

 

DIG DEEPER

Balance on post FTR TSP 511474427“Jesus became wise, and he grew strong. God was pleased with him and so were the people,” records Luke 2:52 (CEV). What a wonderful picture of a balanced life—mind, body, and soul. God wants all of us to live healthy, balanced lives.

  • “I pray that all goes well for you. I hope that you are as strong in body, as I know you are in spirit” (3 John 2, CEV).
  • “You surely know that your body is a temple where the Holy Spirit lives. The Spirit is in you and is a gift from God. . . . So use your body to honor God” (1 Corinthians 6:19–20, CEV).

How will you find a healthy balance—body and soul?

—Doug Rose

—from devozine (January/February 2015). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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