Very recently, I made an addition to my morning routine: exercise.
Whenever I wake up in the mornings, I eat breakfast and I pray. After I pray to the Lord in my prayer closet, I drive my car to the gym closest to me and I exercise. For me, exercise is so important so that I can allow my Maker to make and create my body to be a temple for the King of kings and Lord of lords. Amen!
~”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.”~1 Corinthians 6:19, ESV~
Before I began to exercise, I had a very painful accident happen to me. As I was taking my morning walk in the neighborhood, I fell on the ground. No. I did not trip. I fell. I fell on the ground pavement and I bruised my left ankle. While no bones in my body were broken (thankfully), this was a rude awakening to me from God.
I thought. And I thought. And I thought about what God could be trying to teach me through this accident that occurred to me about one week ago. So, I went into my prayer closet, and I prayed about this matter.
As I prayed, the Lord spoke to me about my health. He showed me that I would develop health problems if I did not take care of my body through means of physical exercise. Physical exercise is pleasing to God for two reasons: it is self-care for my soul and it is what allows for my Maker and Creator to mold and make my body into the temple that He has called it to become for His glory.
This means that each time that I go to the gym and exercise that I am being a good steward of my body. I am being a good steward to this temple of mine that is called my body. The Lord made me. Therefore, I must give Him all of the glory that He deserves as He molds and makes my body a Living Eden for Him.
Whenever I go to the gym, I get on the elliptical and I exercise. I stay on the elliptical for 45 minutes. I have not added anything new to my exercise routine yet, but I am going to meet with a personal trainer in the next week to speak with him or her about adding additional exercises to my morning routine as well as teach me about healthy foods to eat and not to eat as I make plans to lose weight. My goal is to lose 80 lbs.
~”Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”~James 5:16, ESV~
I will continue to remain faithful in prayer through this process. I encourage you to pray for me too. Amen!