When someone asks “How are you,” do you say “fine” automatically? I want to challenge you to think differently today.
Back when I was 240 pounds and a size 22, I used to say I was “Fine” too.
But that’s not how I really felt.
I wanted to lose weight. Through my former career as a Registered Nurse, I knew about nutrition and exercise. But something within me kept sabotaging my efforts.
It seemed too hard to make healthy choices every day. I was stressed, overworked and tired all the time.
No matter what I tried, I would always end up in the same pit: frustrated, sick, and depressed.
In spite of my smile, I was not “Fine”.
But after suffering a devastating chest pain and having the Lord say to me, “It is not supposed to be this way”, I read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20:
Or 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.
While I had read that scripture before and thought “that’s nice”, this time it sunk into my spirit.
I imagined new possibilities.
Exciting questions bubbled up inside of me:
- What if I really started treating my body as a temple?
- What if God was the answer to my struggle?
- What if I could find the best way to lose weight for me – in Him?
In the Bible, I discovered the following words described the ancient temple:
Pause and think about that.
Imagine the possibilities for yourself.
Is it possible to experience your body as the temple of God and truly enjoy it as the glorious, beautiful, magnificent, great, and wonderful miracle it is?
How would your weight loss efforts change if caring for your body was a pleasure and a privilege?
How would your life change if you were gloriously healthy every day through the power of God’s word?
Only you can answer that.
For me, one word describes how I feel today: glorious.
It feels glorious to jump rope whereas before losing 85 pounds, I could barely walk to the mailbox because of the excess weight burdening my knees.
I want you to try something for me. The next time someone asks how you feel, don’t say “fine.”
Say “glorious.” In fact, practice saying the word out loud right now.
Does the word “glorious” resonate in your spirit?
Feeling “glorious” has nothing to do with how your body looks on the outside nor your outward circumstances. Rather, it is a reflection of the praise, prayer, worship, and renewing of your mind that is taking place on the inside.
Your body is His temple.
Jesus lives in us through the power of the Holy Spirit. The next time you say you feel “glorious,” remember that Christ, the Hope of Glory, lives in you (see Colossians 1:27).
Share Him with everyone who asks how you can feel glorious.
Be blessed with health, healing, and wholeness,
Creator of the Take Back Your Temple program
P.S. When it comes to weight loss, do you often know what you should do but have a hard time doing it? You are not alone! I struggled with this issue on my own weight loss journey, but I discovered that “Nothing is different until you think differently.”
In the Take Back Your Temple program, you will learn how to think differently through Biblical keys that help you overcome obstacles. You’ll discover how to win the Spiritual and mental battle that often causes us to become inconsistent and get off-track on our weight loss journey.
This is must-have information if you are tired of dieting and are ready to succeed permanently.