Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Our Bodies a Temple?
Sorry, I am a little late posting today.
Today was the day for women's group and then it was time to hurry scurry to get some errands run. And now, I am home--that is until it is time to go back to church tonight.
Breathe in--breathe out.
Now that I have had my mini vacation-- I am ready to talk.
Don't you just love the picture with this post. Julia, has already claimed the girl in the purple so I guess I'll be the one in the red.
I love the women--they seems relaxed and confident. I don't think any of them are wondering if their rolls are showing or if someone is thinking their butt is too big.
I noticed their arms are linked--they are going somewhere together.
We need that--a group who are going where we are and they actually want to go with us. Do you have that? We need friends who know us and at the same time they want to be know by us.
I hope that is what took place yesterday.
Women all needing the same thing -to loose a little weight--and they want someone to walk that path with them.
More friends --how cool.
And you never know there might just be an opportunity for you to link arms with someone and arrive at your goals together. God is neat that way. We don't walk alone as His child, and sometimes He sends along a little someone extra to walk arm in arm with.
Today in group we were talking about the responsibility we have for this body God calls His temple. It is not ours according to 1 Corinthians. We gave it to God when we accepted salvation.
So-- how is the upkeep going on your temple?
Mine has been very sloppy lately.
In the old testament there were strict regulations concerning the upkeep of the temple and even the ones who were responsible for the upkeep of the temple.
Several months ago I came across a little history about the temple and how well it was taken care of and even how well it was protected. Protecting the temple? What an interesting thought.
There were actually priest assigned to the wall of the temple -set to watch for anyone or anything that would try to come in through the gate and dishonor or pollute the temple.
Can you imagine that?
Now fast forward 2000+ years to Sharon Brumfield--the new temple of the Holy Living God of this universe. It is my job as a priest of God to watch and be on guard for anything that would seek to destroy this temple. My job is the watch for things of this world that would try to sneak in through the eye gate. And for dishonorable stuff that would try and linger in the ear gate.
And you could through in the arms for what we touch, and the legs for where we go.
But, the most unguarded gate in my life right now is--- my mouth.
An unguarded heart started the problem.
You know, all those emotions that want to be eased by bowing down to a little food? And so I let that idol right on in to the temple of God--and then I bowed down! I played with it, and cried with it, and laughed with it. I even -for years carried it around with me on my body as a dearest friend. It told me what I could or could not wear. It told me I would not be accepted by others so I should just stick with it because it would never leave me or forsake me. Hmmmmm....sound familiar?
It has taken years that should have been filled with time at the pool or hiking with my husband or just knowing I am appealing to my hubby--and it told me that those times were nothing to be missed. But, I know different.
Like Rumpelstiltskin--I AM WAKING UP!
I don't want to bow to that little idol anymore. I want to shut the door in it's face and say, You are no longer welcome as my friend. I want to tell it---------Your place has been cleaned and the temple has a >NOT WELCOME< sign on the door.
So all you women who are the PRIESTS OF THE LIVING GOD-----it is time to clean house!
Remember that Jesus said, the love of money is the root of all evil?
Money is not evil---just the love of it.
Just so, you could say,the love of food is the root of all evil.
Food is not evil ---just the love of it.
So let's join arms and encourage each other to LOVE God and love others and let's stop loving something that when left out of the refrigerator is most likely to make you sick.
Does anybody out there need to clean their temple?