by: Colleen Bottcher
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1 NIV
During the month of March, we celebrate National Nutrition Month. Nutrition awareness and education is on the forefront of many of our congregational health ministry programs. From the moment we are conceived, while we are still developing in our mother’s womb, good nutrition is important! Good nutrition is vital for all generations! Over the past several years, we have hosted numerous seminars on nutrition, including discussions on brain boosting nutrition, nutrition as we age, and comparing the pros and cons of the fad diets currently out there! As a congregation we have also tried to adjust what types of food we offer at fellowship events, church meetings, and Bible Studies, to promote wellness. Often pastors, church leaders, and congregation members are in meetings and ministry events several times per week, so being able to support one another with better nutrition is vital!
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Our bodies are made to be a dwelling place of God! As we go about each day, are we being good stewards of the temple of God? As we choose each day to make better choices with our nutritional intake and exercise, we are choosing to honor and glorify God! When we don’t care for our bodies, and when we choose unhealthy foods, we not only feel lethargic and not our best, but we are not serving God with all our heart, soul and body!
Today, I encourage you to be intentional about honoring your body. Before you eat, think and pray about whether your choices are honoring God and His temple. Give thanks to God for all the nutritious choices we have to enjoy each day, and honor Him by choosing healthy foods!
To find out more about parish nursing, health ministries, and nutritional programming, please call Colleen at 201-723-9836!
RN, BSN, FCN
NJ District LCMS Parish Nurse
Our Savior Lutheran Church
22-15 Broadway Fair Lawn, NJ