Recently a friend and I were having coffee. I noticed that there was a man who carefully took the proper steps to correct a hole in the wall. We had just left bible study and we were meeting in our church lobby. Our church is unlike most, Kensington Community Church. The lobby is big, loads of places to gather and enjoy a cuppa joe. I tell you that part, because even the church (building) gets banged up and needs repair from time to time.
Yes, I have been juicing like a mad woman. Yes, I actually did a full three day "reboot with Joe" and drank nothing but different combinations of fruit and veggies. Yes, I am now craving vegetables and yes, I feel amazing. I'm on week three of either full days of juicing or juicing 2 meals a day and I feel fantastic!
It's interesting really, in the New Testament, we read that our bodies are the temple of the living God. (2 Corinthians 6:16; 1 Corinthians 3:16 and 6:19) Not perfect or without blemish, but one that needs our care and attention. It got me thinking as I watched the man repair a hole in a nearby wall. Even though the damage was small in size, many steps were involved in it's repair. He had to find the left over paint, prepare the surface for the mud that would fill the hole. The area needed sanding - twice. He needed to prepare the floor for the obvious mess that ensued. Then paint the area - not just where the literal hole was, but he had to blend it into the rest of the wall. It needed several coats, to which he patiently went about tending to other areas between coats. When the janitor was pleased with the outcome, he marked off the area with tape and put up signs that simply said, "wet paint."
I need to remember that the areas of my temple need repair. This almost 43 year old body, doesn't bounce back like it did in the past. I require a good night sleep in order to be remotely pleasant in the morning. I am learning through trial and error, as well as bible study and good friends in my life, what need repairing. Some of the holes in my walls are obvious to others, while many are not even obvious to me. I like that I have good friends in my life who are patient with me and help me along this journey. There are so many things that Christ has in store for me. I desire to be at the top of my game, so that I can pursue Him and love others well. There are plenty of bad habits that affect my temple. I'm learning what they are and I have asked The Lord to change me from the inside out. Sure I can pretend I didn't hear Him. I can pretend that the holes in my temple are not as bad as I thought. I have even believed that once repaired, always repaired! That's just not the case.
Plain and simple, I need to tend to this temple with respect and diligence. I only have one body and it's up to me to take care of it. Signed... Tracy, the janitor:)