1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
I am 45 years old.
I am one old dude.
And my body is showing its age.
A few weeks ago I got an MRI and found I have some blown discs in my back so I just started physical therapy. Today, I went to the dentist and he is in the process of taking all the old silver fillings out of my mouth (and I have a lot from when I was a kid) and replacing them with fillings that will not destroy my teeth.
My body is falling apart.
And, if I can be honest for a minute, I don’t do my body any favors.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 – Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
The last time I was in a gym was, well, never. The majority of my lifting comes from lifting an ice cream cone to my mouth. And don’t even get me started on my diet. My breakfast, for at least 10 years of my life, consisted of a Hershey bar and a can of Coca-Cola.
And I like red meat.
Getting married recently, I want to be able to be around for my wife and family for a long time to come so I need to start doing something. I never plan on doing MMA fighting or power lifting (or, even flipping tractor tires like one of my good friends and pastors). But I would like to be able to at least run and keep up with my kids and step-kids. I’d like to be able to play a game of soccer without feeling like the ball. And, honestly, I want to be more of a man to my wife and look like someone she deserves.
I know we are early for New Year’s resolutions, but I truly am setting a goal for 2016. I plan on getting my back fixed first.
But after that, getting my first ever gym membership.
I plan on losing a little bit of weight (I am not significantly overweight by any means) but I really want to get my core in shape. It will help my future back issues but moreover it will give me an opportunity just to feel better as I go through the day.
I’ve never been vain about my looks. That has never been an issue for me. If people don’t like how I look, they can stuff it.
But I do care about how I look for Mimi. If there is a remote chance of going out on a date with her or even spending time alone with her, I will jump in a shower and make sure I am smelling good, looking good, and feeling good before I head out on the town with her.
But beyond that, caring about my body is honoring God, who gave me that body. And treating it well for my wife and family is also biblical as we are called to take care of our families or we are worse than an unbeliever.
1 Timothy 5:8 – But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
So by the time 2017 comes around, expect to see another post about how much healthier I am. And hopefully, everyone who reads this will help hold me accountable. It is time for me to take action.