As women, we face the temptation to criticize our outward appearance. We’re tempted to focus on our flaws, and our self-esteem can take some major hits. Or sometimes we couldn’t care less how we look, and working out sounds way less fun than eating pizza and drinking a Diet Coke while watching Netflix. Both of those viewpoints are actually equally hindering! While it’s not healthy to criticize our bodies, it’s also not healthy to ignore their needs.
In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Paul says:
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
My body doesn’t belong to me, it’s a tool for God’s kingdom!
Devra is the business manager for a faith based company called Trainer Joe. She had some great things to say about how we can glorify God through caring for our bodies. Take a peek at my interview with her.
Can you tell us a little bit about what Trainer Joe’s offers?
At Trainer Joe's our main service is the 21 Day Transformation. During the 21 Day Transformation, we not only supply you with a list of clean foods that you can eat (and can buy at Kroger), but we also deal with your excuses and help you to retrain your thoughts about food and your eating habits. Our goal is to equip people to live healthy, not live on a diet.
How does Trainer Joe incorporate faith into group programs?
Trainer Joe loves the Lord and sees his health and weight loss platform as a platform for speaking God's truth into people's lives. Every meeting begins with a prayer, our guidebooks have Lysa TerKeurst's Made to Crave devotionals in them, and Joe's truths about food come from a place of having your priorities in line, which allows his priorities of God first to shine through.
Why do you believe it is important for women to spend time exercising?
A great way to counteract comparison and doubt is through exercise. Not exercise to lose weight, just exercise to take care of your body and stay strong. When you conquer a hilly jog, finish a cardio class, or nail a new yoga pose you feel accomplished and invigorated. God made our bodies to move! When we move we steward our bodies well, we keep our bodies from limiting our ability to work for God's kingdom and enjoy His creation, and we gain confidence in who we are.
How can someone who is interested get involved?
We have new groups starting up all of the time! Keep an eye on our Facebook page or website to see when new groups are starting up. Or if you are really motivated, contact us to get a new group started or book Joe as a speaker.