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So it’s Spring—it’s time for the basketball tournament, spring training, and warm weather. Chances are we have not only failed at our new years resolutions, but have forgotten them, set them on fire, buried them, and crushed them into powder.
I have been out of shape and overweight for several years now. I would always get the old “Lets work on that tummy,” from my doctor but never seemed to care…until now. This year, I set out to not just lose weight but to get healthy. I started actually thinking about the things I was eating, and made an effort to exercise.
The weird thing was that when I tried to be healthy I found that I had actually lost weight as well. I mean, who knew this whole diet and exercise thing really worked? Here is the real deal. The whole reason I started out on this journey was because I actually felt convicted about what I have done to my body the past couple of years. I realized that being healthy, eating right, and exercising is actually a spiritual issue.
1 Corinthians 6:12-20 tells us that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and that they are no longer ours, but God’s. There is a theme that started in the Garden of Eden, and continues throughout all of scripture, where God puts humans in charge of taking care of his creations.
So if my body is a temple of God, and it’s my job to take care of that temple, then why is my temple such a wreck? As Christians we get so hung up on all of those things we should or shouldn’t be doing. We get upset about hot button “big” issues, yet we are neglecting a command from God himself.
To be honest I am struggling with my resolution, but at least I am still trying. I have set up an accountability Facebook peer group to try and keep me accountable. I am going to try and ride my bike to work, and most importantly I am trying to pay attention to all the stuff I am putting in my body.
Even with all of my efforts I still fall short of my one small goal. In my frustration I realized that I am unable to retrain my behaviors, and live the way I am supposed to live. Adam and Eve messed everything up for us. We must all understand that when it comes to the things we should be doing we can’t do them, but God can. If you are like me and cant do something small like having self control and discipline to fulfill a command from God, then understand you are weak and look to God to be strong in your weakness.
I examined my situation and made a new resolution. I made a resolution to seek God, make connections with him, ask him for help, and then get out of his way and let him work. Remember that in our pursuit of God, our job is to do the smallest part and most of the time we can’t even do that—but it’s okay. We can’t, but God can. Make a resolution today to pursue God, and ask him to take care of stuff in your life. Relinquish control to him, and you just might surprised at what happens.