Fat Sailor Friday: Gluttony Part IV

This is Part IV of a 4 Part Series

For a refresher, visit the following links for Parts 1-3:
Part I
Part II
Part III

Here is today's part:

Don't you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 HCSB).

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:

Nato said...

I have been using the same slogan for about two years now. I used to have it posted on any forums that I wrote in as well as emails. It's still something I revert back to when the going gets tough. I'm glad you have the same general idea I do when it comes to the body (yes, the physical body) being a temple of the Lord. It saddens me to see so many people destroy the greatness God has created. Eventually, I would like for you to expand your philosophy here. Talk to us about WHY it's so important to take care of the temple, other than the obvious reason that we are a temple. I think it would make a great sermon and/or book. I just don't have the theological background to force anyone to listen to me.

Dan Smith said...

Well, I can't force people to listen to me just because I have a theological background.

I like the idea of expanding the issue of the "I AM THE TEMPLE" thought. I'll let you know when I post an update.

Nato said...

Well, I can't make people listen to me because I'm a CPT, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to voice my thoughts. If they choose not to listen, that's their problem. I've done my ethical duty. Actually, I will have done more than my ethical duty because I'm providing the advice for free.

Definitely let me know when you post an update, though I should get an email when you do. That is, if this "follow me" thing actually decides to work. :)