1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Father thank You for another day of life, for the body that You have gifted me, for the shelter I call home, the food and drink that nourishes me, and the clothing and shoes that cover me. Thank You for the family and friends who surround me and share love. I don’t take any of this for granted, but I do know that I don’t express and show my gratitude enough and to the level that I should.
Father my body is a vessel given to me by You, and I don’t always treat it like a temple. I oftentimes treat it like a receptacle. Rather than constantly filling it with good fuel, I carelessly dump trash in it knowing that nothing good will come from it. I don’t consistently work to strengthen the muscles You have gifted me. I don’t take care of my organs, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments.
I’m sorry Father for my recklessness. I will do better. I want my book of life to be long and prosperous, and that’s only possible when I take care of my body and mind. I’m sorry that I continue to insult You. I will do right in honor of You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
What God gives us He can take away. Our body is on loan to us and just like rental cars and hotel rooms, we leave the mess for someone else to clean up. If you aren’t taking care of your organs, muscles, ligaments, joints, and tendons…who’s supposed to take care of them? We rush to doctors and health food stores trying to repair the damage that we recklessly and foolishly caused. We try to find quick fixes for long-term damage.
I’m overweight. Not by some people’s standards. But I know I’m overweight, my body yells out in pain because it has to work much harder to do what the lighter weight Natasha used to be able to do–and many times I just can’t do it.
If our bodies aren’t stretched regularly, rested fully, recharged consistently, and challenged daily—they will give up, give out, and get gone! When we have organ failure who will we call on to fix us? When we have torn ligaments, broken bones, inflamed joints—what housekeeping team is going to come in to fix the problems we caused?
As we age we shouldn’t workout less, we should maintain our frequency and try to maintain the intensity. Instead the vast majority of us become content in slowing ourselves until we snail crawl out of here.
I don’t know about you but I’m trying to live a long and healthy life, free of medications and interventions. I want strong muscles and bones. I want well-lubricated joints and flexible ligaments and tendons. I want great posture and vibrant organs. I want to live fully and I know that it’s only possible when I do my part, by being mindful of what I put in my body and how I physically engage my body each day. If I’m coming with my “A game” on a consistent basis then God will see to it that I keep this loaner much longer. I don’t know about you but I’m trying to turn in my current midsize “vehicle” for a luxury sports car—lean, fast, and powerful!
If your body doesn’t look and feel like a “luxury vehicle” then ask yourself why should it treat you like it’s one? If you treat it like a Pinto or Gremlin, waiting to explode and be recalled, then guess what?
Questions of the Day
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?
3. What issues are you fighting to protect from the enemy’s attack?
4. What cares, worries, and fears are you ready to turn over to God?
5. Who would you like to pray for today?
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