Yesterday was Wednesday. No “last chance workout,” no insistence that I get in all my steps, no alarm set for 5:00 am. Upon awakening this morning, I failed to hurry. There was no black sedan standy by, I hadn’t packed my show bag. I rose, stretched, and got back between the sheets. I slept in. This morning is not a show day for me. It’s Thursday. This is my life. This is #AfterShow.
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I had breakfast with friends yesterday and they couldn’t have been more encouraging. I did the things I’ve learned to do, make wise choices, park further from destinations, the usual. My usual. My new normal.
For 16 weeks I wondered what Thursdays would feel like once I left the TV bubble. I am watching the set where I would ordinarily be right now, sipping coffee without concern for my lipstick, planning my day. My days feel good. I feel confident. I feel equipped to live a life transformed by an extraordinary accident. I am saying Yes to God, trusting Him in everything because, and I can say this with confidence, He has been Good to me.
Oprah said on television just now that 2016 should be the year of our best bodies. I agree, but I’m taking it one step further. 2016 is going to be the best year of my life, and the first year of the rest of my best life.
Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit,
Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who comes from God and dwells inside of you? You do not own yourself. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
...and we have not treated them well. I received a wake-up call along with the opportunity AND the vehicle to change my direction and restore my life. This is a charge, a calling, a sacred obligation. The lesson in Luke 12:48 (NIV) is clear...
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
I challenge everyone I know, everyone who sees me to take up the mantle of King David in restoring our temples. It is our sacred obligation, and an opportunity to live and demonstrate our faith. I am being restored; my walls are being rebuilt. Everything I endured before this time in my life including that period I saw as my time in the crucible serves me well.
It’s time to shout new victories. Lord, You are doing new things in me and I am surrendered. I am all in and saying Yes. I am broken from my willfulness, held still so that You may work in me, trusting that what comes of Your Hands is beautiful beyond my imagining.
This is #AfterShow. Who’s with me?