I guess I heard it years ago – that phrase ‘temple care’.
I listened as the conference speaker spoke of the importance of caring for our bodies.
The need to be intentional about self care –
sleep, exercise, eating nutritionally, drinking plenty of water, etc.
I remembered those words – Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? I Cor. 6:19-20 Msg.
My, very body – my 5 ‘ 2” body a sacred place?
Our bodies are the place where His Spirit dwells in the life of every born again believer.
The more I thought about it the more I realized that my body
was not mine to just do with as I saw fit.
Stay up late, binge on Doritos, deprive myself of sleep as I stay up reading or
watching a UVA basketball game.
No, my body belongs to the Lord – the One Who gave His life for me
and it was up to me to take care of the temple.
Yes, this earthly body of mine made of dust and aging rapidly.
To intentionally care for it – with this understanding was a change for me.
I needed to respect the limits of my body.
Get enough rest.
Say no to over extending myself. Make time to exercise.
Not necessarily spending all my resources on health supplements
but choosing to eat nutritious food.
Temple care. Yes, good temple care.
Oh, I still have those moments – particularly when under lots of stress –
that I’ll reach for that red bag of Doritos.
Yes, my weakness –
But then I’ll remember – almost as if there’s little voice inside –
and I hear that call to good temple care.
Resting in Him – in His Presence-
God cares about it all. He not only created us for His Purpose
but He calls us to be wise stewards.
Taking good care of our bodies.
So how are you doing with that, my friends?
Join me, won’t you, in asking the Lord to give you wisdom and strength to
practice good self care-
Trust in His care to provide for all your needs
and practice good temple care.
It will make a greater difference than we all realize in the moment.