. . . for I am fearfully and wonderfully made—(Ps 139:14)~~ Our physical bodies matter. People see God in and through them. We have spiritual natures, yes, but our physical bodies give our spiritual selves home. They also give home to God the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16-17). From an eternal perspective, they’re temporary. But our actions here and now affect our eternities—and we act, here and now, through our physical bodies. Spiritual discipline matters more, but physical discipline and physical condition still matter (1 Timothy 4:7-8).
The prevailing culture of this world tells us men our jobs should be our utmost priority—physical care is good, but must be disregarded when and if it interferes with workplace ascent. “Get it done.” “Do whatever it takes.” “Man up.” To these codes we sacrifice our physical selves, and especially our sleep. We stay late at the office; work late at home; live in hotels, on airplanes. But, this is not what our Father God intends:
“It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep” (Psalm 127:2).
God blesses his sons with (and in) sleep. It’s a time to restore and heal; to relinquish worry and stress; to, quite literally, leave everything to Him. We should appreciate it fully, be thankful for it, accept it wholeheartedly. We’ve all felt the results when we don’t: racing hearts; pounding heads; clouded thoughts; a lack of productivity, creativity, patience; a compromised resistance to sin. We are never the husbands, fathers, friends, bosses, employees we must be, when we sacrifice sleep.
God indeed created something wonderful when He created you. The human body is one of the most advanced objects of His creation – it is the carrier of a God-sustained life and a Spirit destined for eternity. Nothing we say or do can change His purpose for the body, but taking care of it or neglecting it determines the experience we have while we are in it! Be good to yourself – rest – RESET – you are fearfully and wonderfully made and your body and your life matters!