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Guarding the Temple
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Lately, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the temple. My body temple, that is. I think the reason for this is that I’ve been spending some extra time in private Bible study and prayer, and as an unexpected result, I seem to be experiencing conviction along the lines of how I am taking care of my body. The Scripture that keeps coming to mind is found in I Corinthians 6:19, 20."Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's."

I think the reason that Scripture keeps coming to mind is because of my increased desire to receive the Holy Spirit in my daily life. Naturally, then, I shouldn’t be trashing the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, which is my body temple.

Not that my habits have been all that bad. By the standards of the American diet, I’d probably be considered somewhat of a health nut. But who wants to be a follower of the American diet?

McDonald's in the Heart Center!

I spent the last two days at the Iowa Heart Center with a friend who has just had three stints put in her heart. While there, I couldn’t help noticing that the majority of people dressed in scrubs were very overweight, eating junk food, and drinking coffee. And, to top it off, when I asked where I could get some lunch, I discovered that the one and only restaurant in that entire complex was a McDonald’s! McDonald’s in the HEART center! What kind of an example is that? A Big Mac alone has 34 grams of fat! And who ever heard of eating a Big Mac without an order of fries? Then we all know that the only way to wash down all of that grease and salt is either with a large coke or ice cream.

Well, enough of my ranting.The point is I am responsible for my own temple-building. McDonald’s cannot be blamed for what I put in my mouth. Nor can the Iowa Heart Center. But here’s what is really occupying my thoughts most: I have always been convinced of how to take care of myself, but I have not until now been truly convicted. I’ve found that there is quite a difference between being convinced and being convicted. The biggest difference is that now, I want to build my body temple. I want to have a clear mind so that I can better receive the Word of God and retain it. I want to have more energy so that I can better serve my family, God, and work. I want to glorify God in my body and spirit because He is so good to me. Because of my change of attitude, I am now having the most wonderful time expanding my knowledge of healthy food choices, how to cook better, and even getting back into an exercise routine.

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