“Didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

January of most years I take inventory of my closet and make an honest reckoning of what is no longer suitable wear, either due to age or shifting weight. This process usually introduces a period of mourning for the body that was, the exercise that wasn’t, and the promises to be more effective in my “makeover”. Today, I’m wondering if my eagerness to reshape is flawed.

Is my desire to be fit born out of a need for social approval, or is it a response to honor the vessel where my soul resides? When I eat less ‘fast’ food, do I give the savings to help feed others? How do I use my new strength when I improve my stamina with regular exercise? Will I reduce my medical expense with healthy practices and be an example to my children?

Oh, my soul! How much more in tune with God’s grace you are when this body is free from hunger and pain! How much happier you are when this body runs and dances! How much more you love when anger and depression does not overcome your mood! It is true that a healthy body deals better with stress and can support the mind with more positive responses, and a more positive mind gives rise to an energized spirit. May we give that energy back to our Source, our Lord, Jesus Christ!


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