Wow...so after going to church tonight I am excited and have so many thoughts going through my mind. The sermon was looking about the importance of caring for our bodies WHY!! The sermon had many layers and I will try to summarize what jumped out at me. He talked about how we put time into making resolutions: to lose weight, eat better, get stonger, run faster, ect. We all do this but WHY, what motivates us?
Bathing suits, magazines, or six packs, a P.R??
Rarely do we say we want to be healthy so we can serve, share and go where ever God may call us, to be physically able to be His hands and feet in this world. The pastor shared an example of how physically if we ate oreo's everyday and only chose one day to eat a well balanced meal such as fish,veggies,and baked potato we would not be able to be HEALTHY. That just wouldn't work. We would get on the scale and and see no results.
The same is TRUE about our SPIRITUAL health. So many of us...spend all week focused on the world and things that take us away from God and then make time to go to church for an hour and a half and expect to be HEALTHY. I have fallen into this pattern many times. This really is the part that convicted me. I will think about training and running several times a week but will give only minutes to God each day...if that. Is it any surprise that I am not getting the results I want.
Our bodies were created to glorify God!
To be healthy physically we have to eat well, exercise and rest.
To be healthy spiritually we have to get in the Word, exercise our faith through worship, prayer, service, and rest!
So physically I am excited to begin training for my second marathon.
But what am I training for as a believer?
How am I being a good steward of the gift of my body??
He shared some quote by C.S. Lewis that I liked and something you can ponder on.
"you don't have a soul, you are your soul. You have a body, you are not your body."
(this is deep, re-read)
Like I said my mind is still whirling! It seems so clear but not so easy. So like I said the sermon was full of layers and I wish I could share it more clearly but hopefully you get the jist of things.
If you want to ponder this more here are some verses you may want to check out.
3 John 2
2 Corinthians 6:12
Here is the verse that really spoke to me.
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value of for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
Thanks for listening....hope this enhances your training plan...would love to hear you thoughts.
CONGRATS Abbi from Higher Miles! You are the RoadID winner!! Woo Hoo!