Here we go.  My first post… 
I thought about starting with some background information about my interests, challenges, and the reason why I do what I do.  I’ll be sure to back track and lay that foundation in the near future but I feel the need to make this first post about something much more fundamental.
My blogging friends say that by sharing and helping others in their posts, they are helped and held accountable.  I need a bit of that today.  The past few weeks my eating has been insane in quality and quantity. As a result, I’m feeling weak, a bit sick (guess my resistance is low) and my workouts have been sad.  Got to do better to feel better.
Thankfully, I came across this short outline/devotion pulled together for a group several months ago:
My body is God’s Handiwork
Do we realize how precious we are to God?
When we look at nature –  the display of colors in a sunset, the majesty in a mountain range, the power in a storm, the variety in the animal kingdom, the expanse of the galaxy seen in a clear evening sky or the vastness of the sea, – we often marvel at the beauty, complexity, grandeur.  In the wonders of His creations, we experience the greatness of God.
What thoughts come to mind when we look at ourselves (our bodies)?
God spoke the elements of heaven and earth into being – all except man. When it came to man, God took a more up-close-and-personal approach.  The Bible says He formed man from the dust and breathed in him the breath of life.  It tells us we are made in His image and given the position of stewardship over His earthly creations. 
Our bodies are God’s handiwork. They are important to Him and we should not disregard them or take them for granted.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.  1 Cor. 6:19, 20

This scripture outlines several reasons we should value our bodies:

·         My body is the temple of Holy Spirit
·         The Holy Spirit lives in me
·         God owns my body but entrusts it to me
·         God paid a high price for me
·         I can honor God with my body
and an implied lesson:
·         I can also dishonor God with my body

Ouch! (The kick in the butt I asked for).   Perspective is a powerful thing.  

My perspective, my wants, my motivation (or lack thereof), my body
God’s perspective, His intent, His strength… His body

Thank you God! I’m looking forward to tomorrow (smile).

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