“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
1 Corinthians 3:16
A few short months ago, it became very clear to me that some changes were in order. In fact, quite urgently. I was feeling achy, tired and discouraged with my lack of energy. Walking up and down stairs should not be comparable to a marathon at my age. Stepping on the scale; I was shocked by the number! I don’t know why. When you eat whatever you want, whenever you want, you are bound for a reality check. I glanced behind me to see if someone else had stepped on the scale to trick me. Darn it…just me. How did this happen? If my body is a temple, it was in danger of toppling.
Since this was not my first weight battle, the pressure was on. My competition was formidable…it was me. This time, I could not give in to my semi-gluttonous cravings; the consequences would lead me right back where I started from, a place of constant sweat pants, spanx from head to toe, big shirts and x-rays that reveal…nothin’.
Minus thirty-two pounds later, it appears that I have been successful! With the help of daily prayer, a well-rounded nutrition program, and people encouraging me, I am feeling like I did 25 years ago. The reason I say, it appears like I have been successful is because I am profoundly aware of my weaknesses. No matter how much weight I have lost or how much I have learned in the process, there is still that tempting little voice saying, “Have that s’more cheesecake for dessert, you deserve it. It won’t spike your blood sugar and make you want more sugar.” Or “Just have a few Cheetos, no one is watching.” “Enjoy all the food at the graduation party, it’s a party after-all!”
Here’s the deal. If we get caught in this downward spiral and our bodies and minds are not functioning at their best, we are easy prey. Don’t think there is not evil out there wanting you to fail. The evil one wants you to concentrate on your weaknesses and take your mind off your value.
One of my Pinterest “pins” reads: “The devil knows your name but calls you by your sin. God knows your sin but calls you by your name.” Amen?
This week, take an honest look at your health…body, mind and soul. God wants you to be healthy, strong and bearing fruit. Remember that your body is a temple and that the Spirit of God dwells in you. You are His residence! Ask God to help you focus on building up a strong “temple”. It’s time to get your physical health off the back burner. Once you do this, you can expect to see improvements in your spiritual, emotional and mental health as well. Trust in God’s power to help you change. Call on a friend to help you be accountable. Pray. Give God your weakness and He’ll give you His strength.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13-14
“God has never made a person he didn’t love. If you want to know how valuable your life is to God, just look at the cross. With his arms outstretched, nailed to the cross, Jesus was saying, “This is how valuable you are to me. I love you this much! I’d rather die than live without you.” You are priceless.” Rick Warren ~ excerpt from “The Daniel Plan”
“One reasonpeople resist change is because they focus more on what they have to give up instead of what they have to gain.” Body Tech; Rockville, MD
“It’s all fun and games until you can’t zip your pants up.” Body Tech; Rockville, MD