7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17:
16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
17 If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.
Each week, as Carter is speaking during our Sunday morning class time, there is always something he says that feels as if God is nudging me in the ribs and saying, "ahem, got that?" I love it! The one that got me this week came out of a discussion concerning Galatians 6:7. Carter made a point that the process starts with the "tilling." You can't sow until the land is tilled. This is the time God speaks, changes, and grows us up. This is the place where our thought processes lie. Not reaping what you want? Go back to the tilling. Start again, start over, and change it up. I love the fact we can always start again. What a relief to know that I am not stuck where I currently am, but always have the opportunity, and grace, for a restart.
Another thing he said that turned on a lightbulb stemmed from discussing energy balance and what is needed for weight loss and maintenance. He gave the science behind calories, how they are used, etc, and stated it's just a math equation. He went on to say, "take the personal pain out of the equation; change the equation and do the math differently." Many times, especially in women, there is a sense of failure or "I'm not good enough" when we aren't at whatever weight we think we should be. Not looking as good as society says you want? Clearly, there is something wrong with us. What a lie, a subtle deception that is certainly not from our Maker. The workouts challenge my body, that is certain, but our Sunday morning class time? My mind is certainly being challenged.
On a side note, this blog post seems to have caused a bit of a stir. Therefore, I would like to clarify some things.
- Eating meat is not ungodly, sinful, or any other such silliness.
- Carter never said we should never eat meat (in fact, he eats it).
- The old Testament was referenced during this discussion, but because Jesus came along, we are under the New law.
- If God made it, it is going to be healthier. He created our bodies, therefore, it also goes to say that our bodies are equipped to process the foods He has made as well.
- I am being challenged to think of eating as a way to serve God since food is for energy, and more energy = more excitement in whatever I am doing.
- I am retelling a class discussion, which is important to keep in mind. I do not care to write posts that will take half a day to read because I feel like I have to include every little detail because people make incorrect inferences.
- Take it at face value. I'm excited about how God is challenging me, physically, mentally, and spiritually. If God is not calling you to the same things, that is OK. I am not trying to force what He is telling me on anyone. We must each be go as we feel led.
- I am sharing this information because health is a big topic right now, and I'm excited about what I am learning.