Sometimes we think caring for ourselves is selfish. I thought so too before I ran my health off in the ditch and suffered a stroke in 2008.
Now seven years later I was well on my way back to the ditch; doing it again.
We can’t be effective to our families or to God if we aren’t healthy.
I am thankfully now well into my fasting experience. I have lost 20 lbs and several inches. I am more than half way through my fast and a 1/3 of the way to my health goals.
I knew todays verse well. I was vandalizing my temple. I was not caring for my body as a temple that housed the Holy Spirit. Christ’s home was inside me but I was making Him to live in a cluttered run down shack.
What I like to visualize now is that I am going through each area of my temple, each room of Christ’s home, and I am doing a major house cleaning job. I am a work in progress. A new body under construction.
I want my outer self to reflect the inner self. I can’t have God doing amazing things within my heart, my mind, and my soul, if I still was trashing my body.
Thankfully, God has given us amazing bodies capable of repairing themselves.
We never have anyone or anything to blame but ourselves because we have either created or allowed it.
This promise does not say- hey maybe you should, or maybe you might want to…..
No, it says- you MUST honor God with your body.
God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. ~1 Corinthians 6:20 NLT
Lord, forgive me for vandalizing what You so graciously and wonderfully gave me. You paid for me at a very high price. Please help me to honor and show gratitude by caring properly for my temple. Thank You that you are a loving God that gives us the grace and mercy to begin again. May I never slip back to old patterns of living or thinking. Forgive me for blaming anything or anyone for what was my choice to dishonor You. Thank You that You provide strength in my weaknesses. Thank You for Your promises. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
~ XXOO Michelle Bollom