Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So honor God with your body. 1Corinthians 6:19-20-NLT
Over the last year God has been growing me and showing me one piece at a time how he wants to use me. He has given me opportunities to lead, teach, and be an example of His love. He has ignited a passion in me to make Him my priority and tend to the things he has called me to – being a mother, teaching, blogging, leading, sharing His grace, etc. However, lately my physical body has been under attack and immediately I begin to blame the enemy, I mean it seemed logical, right? Here it is, I am finally yielding completely to God’s will for my life and He is using me and growing me. That is usually when the attacks begin to come, right? Well, I have learned that we sometimes give the enemy a little too much credit. When I read the scriptures above, it clicked. You see I was part to blame. I do believe the enemy was trying to distract me and having a couple of vitamin deficiencies contributed to my aliments as well but I have also neglected God’s temple. God’s word reminds us that we should honor God with our bodies. I know the above scriptures were referenced within the context of sexual immorality/purity, but I believe it goes well beyond that. I had to take a long hard look at how I was treating my body and how those choices impacted my ability to be effective and efficient in doing all that he has called me to do. I had to realize that this is not my body, God bought it and it is His temple. I really had to let that sink in. I mean what if God bought you a house, let you stay in it, and then moved in with you. His only requirement is for you to honor Him by using it for His glory. What would you do? You would probably take excellent care of it. You would clean it, make sure the yard is well taken care of; appliances are used properly, etc. Well, it is no different for our physical bodies. I can no longer neglect the care of His temple and then complain when things break. I have decided to take better care of God’s temple, to stop neglecting its maintenance, and to continue to honor God through it. So friends, I am making a lifestyle change and I am calling it my “Temple Renovation” – corny - I know- but I like it. Currently, my reno plan is:
- Time with God – God’s word tells me that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! God knows what my body needs for optimal performance and He will give me the wisdom, grace & strength to be disciplined in the care of His temple.
- Clean eating – More veggies & fruit, less junk & carbs. I am choosing to eat food based on what will bring health and energy to my body not based on my senses, desires, and emotions.
- Drink plenty of water – enough said!
- Get proper rest – this is a hard one because my mind spins constantly, but I think I am going to have to simply give myself a bedtime.
- Exercise –Cardio & Pilates!! I am such a fan of Pilates thanks to an awesome friend of mine! I am also joining a gym because I need accountability.
I know there will be bumps along the road and I might “relapse” but I know that His grace is sufficient! I know that the enemy will try to discourage and distract me but nothing is impossible with God. Are any of you working on or considering a temple renovation? If so, leave a comment and tell us about it. Let’s take this journey together, let’s honor God with our bodies!