I am a Temple

"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

I have a slogan for running and healthy eating that I've started using. I don't expect it to be my official slogan forever, but it works for me now when I'm tired and don't want to work out or when I want a bag of chips between meals. Here it is: I am a Temple.

Granted, it's not very flashy, angry, militant, or even all that athletic. However, I am a believer, and as a believer, I have the Holy Ghost in me. This is something I've always ignored really, at least as far as how it relates to my body image and my eating.

Right now, I confess that I'm doing significant damage to the temple which is me. The rafters are rotten, the foundation is weak (my knees!), the walls are bloated with rot and "extra." But that's now the temple I'll be in the next several months.

The funny thing is that I'm asking God for his help in rebuilding his temple. I can't do this on my own because I'd run this temple into the ground if it were up to me. All success, therefore, is God's as the Holy Ghost rebuilds his temple within me.

I am a Temple.

3 comments:

Preston said...

If it were up to either of us it would be 70 A.D. all over again for each of us, but hallelujah that God gave us His Holy Spirit, because without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5).

Jin-roh said...

I wish I'd done some service in the Navy. That way, physical excercise would already be a habit, rather than something that I constantly struggle to develop.

I will instead relax with my bear in front of the TV.

Nice post.

Dan said...

@ Preston: My friend, if it were possible to completely tear down this temple and start over, I would love it! Maybe some radical form of lyposuction?

@ Jin-roh: Well, maybe the Marines or the Army instill a constant need for working out, but unless you're a Seabee or a Seal, the Navy doesn't have a really good focus on working out. I'm having to build one in myself from scratch. It's not that the Navy doesn't want us to be fit...far from it. There just isn't much time when one is on the ship.

By the way, unless you're over 35, you can still join if you want that chance!