Suggested Bible Reading
For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works;that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed. How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! I try to count them--they are more than the sand; I come to the end--I am still with you.
-Psalm 139:13-18 (NRSV)
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?
-1 Corinthians 6:19 (NIV)
EARLY in the morning four times a week, I go to the local gym for exercise. I join people from all walks of life, young and old, who want to care for their bodies by keeping physically fit. Many of us have abused our bodies with unhealthy diets and poor habits. However, many people now are becoming more aware of the benefits of healthy eating and physical fitness.
Paul knew about the vital link between our physical and spiritual needs. "Your body," he wrote, "is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you." I confess there have been times in my own experience that I thought some problem was a spiritual one when actually it was due to physical exhaustion. The spirit has been willing when the flesh has been weak. (See Matt. 26:41.) Paul wrote, "The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual" (1 Cor. 15:46).
Consequently, I need to take care of my body for its own sake as well as for the important effect my physical condition can have on my spiritual well-being. God is concerned about both body and spirit. Regardless of our fitness level, we are indeed "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Ps. 139:14).
Norman Armistead (North Yorkshire, England)
Author and giver of life, we thank you for your gift of life. Keep us strong in mind, body, and spirit so that we may live to your praise and glory. Amen
Thought for the Day
How can I care for my body more wisely?
Those beginning a fitness program
Secrets of a Good Life
Enlightenment is funny: You can find it in the most profound and the most profane people, places, and things. SECRETS OF A GOOD LIFE is a collection of quotes about living "A" good life and how that differs from living "THE" good life. Pause, ponder, and pursue a new way of living by considering the secrets of life as observed by saints and sinners. Each of the seven secrets is reinforced by quotations from classical Christianity and from a wide variety of other perspectives.