Guest Blogger – Darci Escandon
A wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend and student who graduated magna cum laude from the School of Hard Knocks and currently pursing her Bachelors Degree and hope to start on her Masters by the fall of 2012. She is the Public Relations Director/Social Media Director for Women Inspired Ministries. “I love animals and spending time outdoors with my family. My passion is motivating, encouraging and providing hope to people who feel they are hopeless.”
How Clean is Your Temple? by Darci Escandon
“..Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.” ~1 Corinthians 6:20 The Message (MSG)
Now, I know when Paul wrote this letter, he was talking to the people in Corinth who were acting carnally. Corinth, at that time, was the “Sin City” of the world. However, when I read this verse, I was immediately reminded of something a friend said once
“God gave us our bodies to treat like a temple and He expects us to be good stewards of everything he gave us including our bodies. How can we be the hands and feet of Christ when we are overweight and sick?” Melissa Wedel
Melissa is right. How can we expect to be able to help others when we have let ourselves go? Obesity is at a record high in this country. According to the CDC Website (http://www.cdc.gov/pdf/facts_about_obesity_in_the_united_states.pdf )
Fact: Obesity rates are soaring in the U.S.
• Between 1980 and 2000, obesity rates doubled among adults. About 60 million adults, or 30% of the adult population, are now obese.
• Similarly since 1980, overweight rates have doubled among children and tripled among adolescents – increasing the number of years they are exposed to the health risks of obesity.
God gave us a beautiful and wonderful gift of life. We only have one, and contrary to what the world wants you to believe, we do have an expiration date. Just as we need to nourish our spirit through staying in the word of God, we also need to nourish our bodies.
Fact: Most people still do not practice healthy behaviors that can prevent obesity
• The primary behaviors causing the obesity epidemic are well known and preventable: physical inactivity and unhealthy diet. Despite this knowledge:
• Only about 25% of U.S. adults eat the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
• Less than 25% of adolescents eat the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
• More than 50% of American adults do not get the recommended amount of physical activity to provide health benefits.
• More than a third of young people in grades 9–12 do not regularly engage in vigorous physical activity.
So, given this information, what does it say about the way we our maintaining God’s temple. Think about all the junk you bring into it, would you bring that type of junk into your church?
Think about it. God knew we would be up against this sort of struggle.
“And put a knife to your throat If you are a man given to appetite.” ~ Proverbs 23:2 New King James Version (NKJV)
“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” ~ Romans 13:14 New King James Version (NKJV)
Eating healthy and exercising is vital for us to keep our temples in order. Did you know that it is virtually impossible to be depressed after a good workout? Our bodies will function better if they are getting the right kind of fuel. Afterall, you wouldn’t let your car run out of gas would you? If you needed to fill it up, would you fill it up with pancake syrup? I don’t think so? But yet, we do the same things to our bodies when we neglect to give them the right nutrition.
There are a lot of good website that provide nutrition and exercise help for free. All you have to do is take the first step. Are you willing do to that so that you can clean out God’s temple and make it a place He would be proud to enter?
Let it all start with prayer
Lord, living a healthy lifestyle is so difficult in today’s economy. But, nothing is impossible with you. Lord, help me to remember to clean out my temple and make it a place worthy of your glory. Help me to make it healthy and strong. Lord, your word says “…for God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a self discipline.” (2 Tim 1:7) Lord, help me adhere to this self discipline and I pray that you help me to commit myself to a healthier lifestyle.