Well-intended peoples have helped me excuse my enlargement and the neglecting of my health.
I do have adequate excuses, right? I am 11 weeks postpartum with baby #5 (my oldest being 7.5 yo), I’ve walked through the valley of the shadow of death these past 2 years with my 2.5 yo son died unexpectedly and tragically, I homeschool, I had gestational diabetes, my thyroid is “off”, I am a mom of babies, I am nursing, I have no time for ME, my hubby works a lot, etc.. While these circumstances are factual – they don’t excuse my inappropriate use, abuse, and over consumption of food. Nor do they excuse my lack of stewardship in taking care of my body, the temple of the Holy Spirit.
There are many ways in which we can lack stewardship with our bodies.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 is referring to sexual immorality; however I am convicted that it applies to my wellness “issues” as well.
“ Do you not know that your body is a temple 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 body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Using my life circumstances as my excuse for not being a good steward of the physical body God has blessed me with is not acceptable. I have had this “issue” since childhood, teenage-hood, young adulthood, and now my 30-somethings. I cannot blame it on my circumstances, because apparently I always have circumstances! I don’t want to use excuses or blame any longer. I must take responsibility for my temple.
Please don’t misunderstand me on this. I know we all mess up, sin, over indulge here or there. I am not expecting perfection from myself. I am praying for the strength to learn from my cyclical past and make changes in God’s strength to honor God with my body and stay out of my pit.