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.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)
(or would you treat God like that, the remix…)
Nearly 18 months ago, probably feeling pretty smart, I wrote about taking good care of ourselves.
We are made in the image of God. We claim to love Him, desire to serve Him, to be His children. If that is so, then I have a question for you. Would you treat God the way you treat yourself?
Once again, I have survived one of the worst migraines I can remember. I don’t think I actively triggered it, and I recovered pretty quickly. However, the question I must ask is whether I was actively doing everything I could, both spiritually and physically, to minimize the likelihood that I’d get a headache in the first place?
Ouch, that hurt, because the answer is, “No.” I’ve been taking much better care of myself, body and soul, and it shows. I have been gunning the engines pretty hard of late, and on some level the message of the migraine was “slow down or I will shut you down.” I didn’t get the hint, and I was benched for the day. I hear my dad’s voice in my head, a hard head makes for….” well, you know. I must acknowledge that while I did get a good walk in this morning before the mercury hit 90+, I have not stretched or done the yoga that usually releases the physical tension lingering after a headache. I feel it in my back as I sit there. The simple lesson? Do what you say.
When Paul admonished the church in Corinth (1 Cor 6:19-20) he was speaking of sexual immorality. For me, there is a larger application in Honoring Him with our bodies. We are made in His image, but at least in my case, I’m not treating Him (me) as well as I could.
Pencils have erasers, and we have Divine Grace. Lord, once again, I’m sorry. I’m so tight it hurts to sit here, but I’m getting up to go stretch. I’m taking care of Us because that is how I honor You. I do not need another reminder, but I am eternally grateful that You provide them when I do.
I am thankful for my yoga mat. I am thankful for the capacity to listen to You as You speak in many ways. I am thankful that a blessing may come in an uncomfortable package, but blessings come nonetheless. I am thankful that You Love me, even when Loving me hurts (Us both). I am sorry when I am stubborn and grateful for your abiding Love. I will show my gratitude by giving that abiding love away, since Your capacity for Loving is limitless. I can learn that too. I will be a goodly steward.
Loving You, Lord by loving myself and those around me. What a remarkably wonderful reminder that God is good.