Wednesday, April 29, 2009


It was the end of April. Some friends, who are printers, asked if we would help them collate 1000 books with 39 pages each. We emptied the calendar and cleared the house to make room for 3-4 work stations. What we didn’t take time to plan were the meals we’d be eating on-the-go for the next week. Thus, we’d bring in burgers or grab a quick sandwich, burning thousands of calories as four of us worked through the week at lightning speed. Our bodies could feel the stress put on them by the prolonged, repetitive movements of gathering page after page. Finally the books were boxed and placed in the kitchen for our friends to pick up. We, and our overworked muscles, were grateful to be finished.

Isn’t it strange that when life gets rushed and hurried, that one of the first things we neglect is care of ourselves - sleep, rest, nutrition, time out-of-doors?

According to the Scriptures, our body is God’s temple where His Spirit dwells. Perhaps it is time to re-evaluate what we are doing to ourselves. The Lord has given us each a magnificently created body. May we treat it with kind, loving respect so it can serve us for many years until the Lord returns.

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
I Corinthians 3:16

Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me such a magnificent tool to use - my body - for Your glory. Please help me to wisely care for it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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