One night I was writing a post for this blog. I wanted to get it done, so I could post it that night, and meet my self-imposed deadline. The piece took longer to write than I figured it would. To add to that, I thought of some reference material to add. Weariness was settling in my bones and my eyes were feeling the effects of time on the computer, despite the blue-light filters in place. Finally I did the only sane thing to do—shut down the computer and go to bed.
It occurred to me that I honor God when I take care of my body, even in details like calling it quits for the night, instead of pushing through to completion. I honor God when I respect the body He gave me and use wisdom in how I do my activities.
I dishonor God with my body when I take foolish chances—like the day I crossed the road to retrieve a garbage can lid which blew half-way down the road. Coming back, instead of walking up the road farther to see oncoming traffic better before I crossed, I stepped out at a point where I had trouble seeing traffic—and faced a car coming up the hill. Thankfully, God chose to keep me from the consequences of my behavior. When I got into my yard, the Lord spoke in my mind, “I love you. You are worthy to Me. Don’t do that again.”
Every day, I have a choice whether to honor or dishonor God in the way I treat my body. Will I use wisdom, or will I act in foolish ways??
A few Scriptures to consider: Psalm 139:13, Psalm 103:13, I Corinthians 6:18-20
4 responses to “Friday “Walks”–Showing Honor or Dishonor to God by the Way I Treat My Body”
Praise God for His provision for us, even when we do things that are a bit careless. Years ago I did something similar as a young lad, crossing a road in front of a bus I had just come of…a car came around the bus illegally and narrowly missed me as I long jumped to the other side. I still maintain that was an extraordinary jump, better than anything I had done on the athletics field at school. God is good!
Yes, He is good. He is certainly long-suffering!
These are great thoughts, sister P. Our bodies are God’s temple; dishonoring them means dishonoring Him. As I said before, I appreciate the scripture references at the end. Have a blessed Easter!
Thank you, David. I hope you and your family had a blessed Easter, also!