Seeing as how it’s the new year & all, thought it a good time to get back into this blogging thing. And what better way to start than with another entry in The Respect Dare. And the topic is timely, too – taking care of yourself. I know this steps on some toes, including my own, and it certainly isn’t politically correct, but it needs to be said.
Taking care of your body is a form of worship to the Creator, the One Who dwells within you if you have received Him as your Savior. It is also a way of showing your husband how much you love him & respect him; enough to make it a priority. Some women love to exercise – good for them. Some of us don’t always find it the most fun way to spend an hour or more consistently. Some can stay slim without effort – again, good for them. Some of us need to pay attention to how much food we take in & what kinds so as not to gain an outrageous amount. Some women look great in whatever clothes they throw on; some even look a little “too good” if you know what I mean. Some of us need to take a long, hard look in our closets & the mirror. Dress to please HIM, not just you. What does he like & not like you to wear? Ask him; you might be surprised.
When I exercise, I do it because I know this old body is not my own. God made my body fearfully & wonderfully, & I am a steward of it. If I trash it either by smoking, taking drugs, overeating, or just laying around not keeping it up, what does that say? When I monitor what I eat, make wise food choices, & deny myself the junk I really want, I am crucifying my own desires to the glory of God. These areas are not easy for me – I pray my daughter has it come a lot more naturally for her. But when I make these efforts, it speaks volumes to my husband. He SEES that I love him because he knows it’s not easy for me, but I’m doing it anyway. He appreciates the health & better self-esteem I have when I do these things, too!
Here are a few verses to mull over in this area…
I Corinthians 3:16, 17 –
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.”
1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 –
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”
1 Corinthians 7:4 –
“The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife.”