Monday, September 13, 2010

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 you must honor God with your body.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20

"You do not belong to yourself."  Just thinking of all of the titles we carry can be dizzying.  Mom, sister, daughter, friend, writer, teacher, mentor, student, cook, organizer, homemaker, gardener, neighbor, helper, aunt, niece, wife, counselor, planner, director, and the list goes on.

In order to be the best at the roles we are called to be, we need to keep God's temple in good condition.  Take time to read for edification and for relaxation.  Spend time alone reading the Bible and praying, spend time with others reading the Bible and praying.  

The mind is sharper when the physical body is in good condition.  Make the time to run, lift weights, do some old fashioned calisthenics.  Jumping Jacks and Jills, sit-ups, pushups, hula-hooping and jumping rope.  Make the time.  Do it alone, with your family or with a friend.  Just make the time and do it.  Doing it perfectly is not necessary, but doing it is.

Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.  Hebrews 12:12-13

"Make straight paths for your feet" reminds me, personally, that I need keep my workout area clear so I can workout any time of the day.  Doing what I can to clear my calendar, keep up with laundry, keep my gear in an orderly way so I will not trip over anything to injure myself or come up with excuses not to workout, which comes quite easily for me.

Temple conditioning honors God and benefits others in my life and even myself.  

Happy conditioning!

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