Looking after the other “Temple”…..

I have already spoken about how my year has been and what I am expecting for 2015. But in this post I am going to speak about something else that is very close to my heart. It’s a passion and desire I have had for many years.

A passion that has brought me joy and has grown me as a person.
And that passion is “Fitness and Health”!
I am passionate about being healthy and staying fit! The origins of that passion can traced back to about 2012 when I was introduced to a group of doctors who worked for something called “Maximized Living”. They are chiropractic doctors but with a difference and they changed my whole perspective on health and fitness.
According to these guys, nutrition, exercise, right thinking, and adjustments all play a part in what you call health! I am not a doctor so I will not even attempt to explain all they do. All you should know is because of them my view on health has changed drastically!
I used to drink soda’s before I met them (Coca – Cola, Pepsi and so many more but it’s been at least 2 years from the last time I had a soda.
I loved all things sugar but once again in the past two years my sugar intake has dropped significantly! I stopped having sugar in tea or coffee.
Honey has been a great substitute! But the battle continues. My desire is to stop ALL artificial sugars! That is the goal.
I have done lots of 5 kilometer runs and even purchased exercise equipment since meeting the maximized doctor’s! I have attempted Crossfit but I am not ready for that yet. There is some work to do till I can do Crossfit! 🙂
These are just a few of the things that have changed since I met Maximized clinic but what does all this mean and what am I trying to say?
My goal is to get you to think about your temple, your body!
We are the temple of God and it is our responsibility to look after it!
A lot of people have not made the connection yet! What you do with your temple will determine how far you will go in your calling!
I have heard it being said, How can you lead and look after the body of Christ when you can’t even look after your own body?
Crazy huh???
There is some truth to that statement. How we look after our bodies is connected to God’s purpose for our lives!
God wants us to live a long and fruitful life but how will that be accomplished if we eat and drink junk and don’t exercise???
How will that happen if you don’t look after yourself??
Please understand what I am saying. We have a part to play in how long we live but it’s God who has the ultimate say. I have heard of people who are health freaks die at a young age. God is the one who has a say on how long you live but you have a responsibility to look after your body.
Let me give you an example of how this plays out in real life. I am a kids leader and as a leader I have to be fit and energetic all the time. But what happens if I don’t exercise and I don’t look after myself? It will be hard to give of myself fully! I won’t be able to jump with them and rum with them and play with them because I am so unfit! So as a leader it is my responsibility to stay fit and eat healthy and think healthy!
I hope that has given you a clear picture of what I am trying to say! Our health is important. So as the new year comes there are a few things I need to do concerning health and fitness. I need to step up and eat better than I am doing now! What I eat has changed so much but I could do better. There are enemies that have to go down! Giants that need to be slayed!
Red velvet cupcake!

Red velvet cupcake!

I need to make another point clear. I am not talking about total abstinence!! It is okay to have a slice of cake once in a while. It’s okay to have that cheesecake occasionally! It’s okay to spoil yourself but there needs to be a balance! I am serious, a better word would be, I try to be serious during the week and then I spoil myself during the weekend! But even during the weekend I don’t go over the top!
This "enemy" is going down! haha!

This “enemy” is going down! haha!

As 2015 fast approaches what are some of your health and fitness goals? If you have any??
Just remember to go at YOUR pace! Do what you can do. If your goal is to cut out one teaspoon of sugar compared to the 15 teaspoons you usually have then by all means do so! Haha…..Don’t change anything because someone is pressuring you. It needs to be what you want, a personal conviction.
It took me a long time to change the mindset I had and even now, change is still happening but it has been so worth it! And it’s just the beginning! I am getting healthier as I get older.  What will your testimony be?
As I conclude I would like to leave you with a thought:
She girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] and makes her arms strong and firm.  Proverbs 31:17 (Amplified)
It’s interesting how the Amplified describes strength! Strength here is described as spiritual, mental and physical fitness! So if that is what strength is the question is,
Are you preparing yourself like the Proverbs 31 woman? As a Christian you are complete when you are working on all three areas. You cannot just focus on the spiritual! And you can’t just focus on the mental part. It has to be ALL three! You are the temple of God and you have a responsibility to look after it! But focusing on the spiritual is not enough. You need all three!
With that thought I will leave you friends!
God bless

5 thoughts on “Looking after the other “Temple”…..

  1. You had some good thoughts Rolain, it is wise to look after our Bodies, with my being Bulimic as a young Adult on and off for 10 years and trying every diet I heard about, believing it was how you looked that was the most important thing, I did damage to my Body which I suffer with today but also with part of the disability I was Born with, God healed me of the other last year and so now I won’t be a Paraplegic as told to me when I was 40.

    I have been trained by the Health Department in Diet and Nutrition and ran Christian weight control groups for many years in Sydney with 7 other leaders, these groups were for woman who could not afford the other groups. I did this so they would not make the same mistakes I had made and yes moderate exercise was recommended but the focus which developed over the years was on God’s balance in all things, accepting others and our own faults, weaknesses and shortcomings but not accepting theirs or our own sins as OK , God’s beauty within and walking in the Fruit of The Spirit.

    I mainly use now the K.J.B Rolain because it is the closer to the original writings being compiled in the 16th century and so has less of man’s errors and own understanding. Proverbs 31 has a lot of Symbolism and is Spiritual, like Song of Songs, it cannot be discerned with a man’s own understanding, which is the same with all Scripture, we need God’s wisdom and empowering (see link below) which we ask for and than having received when we ask Him Jesus leads us into all Truth and also shows us man’s errors in Translation etc.

    Wisdom – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/the-gaining-of-wisdom/

    Everything in Balance Rolain as you said including caring for our bodies, God’s Temple is not just about the physical flesh but our Hearts, our Mind and our Soul, all need to be cared for, but what do we focus on the most, is it on God or ourselves, He must come first in all things.

    1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.(KJV)

    Christian Love in Christ Jesus – Anne

    • Hi Anne.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, insights and experiences. It’s great to read how much you have done. May God continue to use you to teach and mentor people!

      The goal of this post was to make people aware of the “other” temple. So many times people totally neglect their bodies! They place high value on the spiritual, and even the mental but no value on the physical! I want people to know there should be a value placed on the body. We have a responsibility to look after our bodies. We are actually stewards of it! And that, very simply is what I wanted to get across!

      • Yes I realized that Rolain and yes we do need to look after our bodies but as you can see confirmed in the Scripture I shared, God values the Spiritual much more than the physical. People spend a lot of money and time today in keeping their bodies fit but not as many seek after God with all their heart.

        But yes I agree with you Rolain, some think their qualifications are what it is all about too or how popular they are and how many Awards they have for academic achievement or their wordy Titles but God tells us who He will choose as His vessels in the Scripture below.

        1 Corinthians 1: 25 31 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

        Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

  2. This is a great post Rolain! (And not just because this is the season when we typically eat the most!) lol. So much times we focus on the spiritual side of Christianity and we neglect to talk about the importance of our physical health, but like you said, we can’t serve God well if we don’t take care of our bodies the same way we do of our soul/mind. It’s just as important for us to get enough rest, eat healthy, and exercise so that we can serve God well as much as it is to read our Bible, pray, go to church, etc. (And I definitely struggle with staying on top of taking care of my body so it’s something I need to work on.) Thank you for sharing this!

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